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Some months ago, you have seen Menya Magazine on social networks. It is a publishing branch of Menya Foundation. This Foundation was born after the run of « social initiatives support priject ». As it is a social enterprise, Menya Foundation doesn’t ask money to the beneficiaries of its activities. The Foundation teaches entrepreneurs and the magazine publishes what have been done by the Foundation and entrepreneurs.
Printernet project for Menya Magazine.
Before Printernet Project started in Burundi, especially in Mubuga Village, Menya Magazine was publishing in 2 languages: French and Kirundi. Things changed when I was called to be a PrinterNet Reporter based in Africa. Starting that time, Menya Magazine begun to publish en English. Like it does for Menya Foundation, the magazine will do so for Printernet project. In the up coming months, we will be launching the magazine. A one week workshop with entrepreneurs will be organized. This will allow us to get stories of all kind of entrepreneurs. The goal of the magazine is to show to the whole world that there are young burundians who are working.
Menya Magazine for Printernet project
The magazine is spreading the word. As this project is led by the Founder and CEO of Menya Foundation, the stories about the accomplishments of Printernet project are published. The English lessons, the computer skills, the printing services are the work of the project. All these are published.
Menya Magazine is an online journal today. The goal of the Foundation is not limited on online publications only. This magazine will be printed and sold to entrepreneurs in order to read and know how other have worked in order to fight unemployment. To make this done, we are in need of any one who is interested with what we do to support us in what he is able to do.
Rural villages seemes to be forgotten, especially in developing countries. In some of them, many people have to take a long journey in order to get internet services and printing services done. To reduce that expense, Printernet New York has invested in some african countries. Among these countries, let’s talk about Burundi and see how Printernet project is changing lives.
The rural villages are forgotten. But, there are some of them who are similar to cities. In some villages, we can find churches, schools, health centers and other things. I am going to talk about PrinterNet New York in these african countries. With a micro investment, PrinterNet is changing lives. In Mubuga Village, villagers are very happy because of what we are doing in there. We are serving them using printing services and others. Before, these villagers had to go to Gitega for these services. From Mubuga village to Gitega city, there are 21 kilometers. It was a tiring travel.
The school headmasters had to go to Gitega to get their exams typed. Onesphore, one of these headmasters said: » Printenet project is for the villagers, especially headmasters like me. Before it cames here, it was very tiring to get the check list typed. Right now, there is no problem about that. We recognize the work of printernet ».
With printernet project, all have changed. Even churches are our customers. Diomede, a representative of one of the churches said: » You see that I come here every week. This is because we have many things to do. Before you came here, we had to go to Mubuga. It was very tiring. As you see, it takes me a long time to get it done. My chief used to send me at Gitega. My bicycle is so old that to arrive in the city was a big challenge. Rally, Printernet project is for all. We, as church leaders appreciate what is being done here ».
The work of PrinterNet New York is helping us to gain our time and save our money. From Mubuga Village to Gitega city, we have to go with food. The money to buy food is a now saved. Printernet project Mubuga is calling to everyone who can help to overcome the challenge of lack of Epson L800 which will help in printing documents and photos. In the villages, there are other opportunities: The market of photos. We have many schools and other organizations who want their members to get an ID card. Due to the lack of a professional camera, we are unable to snap these students. Our call anyone who cane remove this challenge can provide us with the profetional camera. Printernet project in Burundi will change lives of villagers.
While others use social networks to steal, insult, play politics or publish meaningless photos, I have just made an exploit. Via gmail, Facebook, Skype and other social networks. I am in the community of bloggers Yaga Burundi and the international NGO World Merit. To join these, I applied through Facebook.
Avoid the waste of time.
After realizing that social networks do not work without credit, I noticed that I needed a certain decision: not to waste my time without a goal.
Social networks, path of change
Without money, social networks are useless.
With my ambition to see why the information keeps coming, I started to search and research, especially facebook and gmail. It was in October 2015 that, after a test posted on Facebook, I was able to integrate into a community of blogger: Yaga Burundi, a collective made of very intelligent bloggers and different ethnic groups. These bloggers are characterized by an incomparable dynamism. After months of being blogger, I continued to search these networks. In 2016, just in July, I was able to organize the World Merit Day event. Things are going so fast that, in September 2016, I organized another event of the international NGO the Meal. This event consisted of sharing the local meal with the local population.
Later in 2018, I was connected to M Ichael Josefowicz and Dr Dasaratha Rama. Wacthing on how they use social networks, my brain was formated. Nowdays, I can testify the benefit of being on social networks, especially when you are trustworthy.
All this proved the opposite of what I had heard about social networks saying that social networks are there for people who don’t have what to do.
The mentalities must be changed.
Many people only post their photos, sometimes diabolical. They need to change their mind. They need to know that all networks operate on the basis of money and time.
What is the benefit of being on these networks?
The benefits are many. Let’s just mention a few:
* Connections with friends around the world,
* Read others,
* post information,
* Playing it Forward,…
I can not finish it.
– Skype and others.
I call on young people who only post their photos not to waste their money, but also to take time to do innovative things.
The unemployment is a problem that needs solution. In Burundi, young guys are fighting that problem. Our target is to investigate where can be young graduates who didn’t get opportunity to be hired by the government. We are interested by they that are working to prepare their future. Menya Magazine is helping to show what is going on with these young burundians. The magazine has gone at Bwoga quarter, Zone Gitega Rural, Gitega Commune in the province of Gitega. Its objectives is to know how entrepreneurs work in order to inspire others.
Some of the unemployed are waiting for a big money to start. That is a bad mentality. Nsabiyumva Daniel is graduated D7. He was to be a teacher. We met him in his shop. He told to the magazine how he started. He said:
« My departure was a rabbit. This one was the gift from my grandmother because I was the 1st in our class. It was in 2006. After some month, my rabbit gave bath and they became 5. I continued my studies. These rabbits were sold in order to get school fees and other required materials. In 2014, I got graduated. I saw that unemployment was hurting many of young people. I decided to sold all the rabbits and invested in making bricks. The money I got was 30.000 BIF. It is this money that I started with. I continued my new job. After three years, it means in 2017, I built 2 houses. I also decided to open this shop. I am able to pay house rent and do other expenses. I am now in preparation for marriage.
Many people wait to get a big money to start. That is not good. They are waiting the time, but the time will not wait them. I call them to stand and work. The international and local organizations do not care for private entrepreneurs. My desire is to help us as they help others. If the government can install a bank to help in the fight of unemployment, this will help young guys to have loans. This will help them to start. Don’t wait tomorrow because tomorrow will not wait you.
Some of our readers want to know what pushed Menya Foundation to publish its activities as a magazine. This is a story that may inspire many of them.
What is Menya Magazine?
It is a publishing branch of Menya Foundation. It was born after the founder of Menya Foundation was connected to Printer Net Foundation New York. This founder was inspired by what this foundation based in New York city was doing. This Magazine is the place where the achievements of entrepreneurs are published. This was because the leaders of Menya Foundation saw the necessity of creating that magazine. In Burundi, there are many entrepreneurs. Some of them are new. They are graduated but they did not have the opportunity to be hired by the government. They are trying to overcome these problems unemployment. For they that are based in rural area, they make good things but are sold on a low price. The foundation decided to create the magazine. This one is helping them to promote their activities. The works of the Foundation are also published. In fact, Menya Magazine is the inspiration from Printer Net Foundation New York.
Many organisations try to end poverty. This is a good will. The question is: how can we really end poverty? By charity donation? By enabling the unused labour to work? These questions need an answer. They way to the end of poverty requires team work.
Menya Foundation is a social enterprise. Its objectives is to bring new mechanisms to end poverty. It is in this case that Menya Project has been launched. This project is being implemented in Burundi, Gitega Province. It is about planting cassava trees. After the harvest, we will be transforming the raw cassava into semolina. Here, we will be solving the problem of preservation of the cassava flour because semolina is preserved for 30 years. The challenge we have is the rasping machine. Without this machine, it will take us a long time to process the cassava. The project is for the Foundation. Also, we want to show to farmers how we can grow the production.
The field is prepared. What remains to be done is the pitting. This will be done according to the agronomists measures. We are trying to end poverty by implementing innovative activities
In Burundi, there are many graduates unemployed. Some of them crossed their arms while others are working. To finish studies and not be hired, it is a new thing in this country. For they that are working, Menya Foundation will help them to spread the word. Some times, you saw on social networks two names: Menya Foundation and Menya Magazine. We want to help you to distinguish the difference between the Foundation and the Magazine. What is Menya Foundation? I know that the answer to this question will help you to understand who we are. By the next, we will be explaining the Magazine.
The roots of Menya Foundation was the Social Initiatives Support Project organized by the US Embassy in partnership with World Merit Burundi and Innova Group. In this project, I Canon Felix, member of World Merit Burundi was chosen as coach. It was in June 2017. The topics I was to develop were:
– Fundraising Planning
– Planning for Impact
– Leadership Planning.
These topics are very helpful in the life of an organization, a enterprise and/or a cooperative. I was asked to coach five ngos but I did it for 12. This took me a long time. In this journey, I saw that some of our enterpreneurs have problems, according to their mission. I saw they that are working in an inaccessible area. After the run of the project, I though on how I can help them to know their goals and to let their works known by the whole world. You may not know the meaning of Menya. This word is from Kirundi language. It means Know. To explain it very well, the kirundi word is Kumenya. This one means To Know. It is remarkable that Menya Foundation is working for the entrepreneurs. The target of this foundation is to spread the word. Menya Magazine is a social enterprise. It strengthens the entrepreneurs. Nowadays, it is posting stories relating to what is being done by young guys.
By next, you will see that the magazine is also doing greater things for them. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at nderefelix2004 @gmail.com
While some of the young graduates are waiting to be hired in the state services, there are others who do not waste time waiting for what they have not appointment.
Menya Magazine visited Ntobwe hill, Karera sub-hill, in Gitega commune and province, and was able to meet Nzokira Francine who, after seeing that she had been in unemployment for years, she started agriculture and livestock. She is contributing to the fight against unemployment. Having wanted to know how she started, she told the magazine:
« I started my development project in 2016. At that time, I had finished my secondary school 7 years ago and I was unemployed. I was in misery because I could not even get money to meet my primary needs. So, I told myself that despite unemployment, I still had to do something to survive. I decided to cultivate although since my childhood I had never done such activities. I started by growing corn. My harvest was good. I ate one part, the other was sold and I had to buy 3 chickens and 1 pork. I raised them. After a few months, the hens started to lay eggs. This breeding helps me because I eat meat to satisfaction. I do not have problems with manure. Initially, I worked hard because I was alone and it was very tiring. In 2018 I joined a group of other women who were doing similar work to mine because the Union is strength. Today we work together and we have a good performance. We have 3 tomato fields, 10 amaranth nurseries, one white aubergine field, 2 potato fields, 2 bean fields mixed with corn and 6 pigs. We plan to open a savings and micro-credit solidarity fund to help each other.
Despite this initiative, the problems are not lacking; we do not have the possibility to keep our harvest well and this pushes us to sell at low price for fear that it can rot. So we work in the loss. We have the lack of vast arable land. Also we do not have capital because sometimes we miss the money to buy chemical fertilizers, medicines for plants and cattle. It can also happen that thieves or criminals come and damage our fields because we have no money to pay the watchmen. We call upon benefactors and non-governmental and state organizations to support us by strengthening our capacity for conservation and processing of agricultural products, without forgetting to give us the equipment to use. We are asking the state to give us land to exploit and to support us by putting us on the list of associations and cooperatives that will benefit from funds for local development associations. Finally, we ask the various specialists in agronomy to teach us how to cultivate on small spaces and harvest bcp and on how to make modern breeding « .
Pendant que certains des jeunes diplômés attendent d’être embauché dans les services de l’Etat, il y a d’autres qui ne perdent pas du temps à attendre ce dont ils ne se sont pas donnés le rendez vous.
Menya Magazine s’est rendu sur la colline Ntobwe, sous-colline Karera, en commune et province de Gitega et a pu rencontrer Nzokira Francine qui, après avoir vu qu’elle était en quette d’emploi depuis quelques années s’est lancée dans l’agriculture-élevage. Elle est en train de contribuer dans la lutte contre le chômage. Ayant voulu savoir comment elle a commencé, elle a dit au Magazine:
« J’ai commencé mon projet de développent en 2016. A cette époque, j’avais terminé mes études secondaries il y avait 7ans et j’étais sans emploi. J’étais dans la misère car je n’arrivais même pas à avoir de l’argent pour satisfaire mes besoins primaires. Alors, je me suis dit que malgré le chômage, il fallait quand même que je fasse quelque chose pour survivre. J’ai décidé de prendre la houe et cultiver malgré que depuis mon enfance je n’avais jamais fait de telles activités. J’ai commencé par cultiver le maïs. Ma récolte a été bonne. J’ai mangé une partie, l’autre a été vendue j’ai dû acheter 3 poules et 1 porc. Je les ai élevés. Après quelques mois, les poules ont commencé de pondre des oeufs. Cet élevage m’aidé car je mange de la viande a satisfaction. Je n’ai pas des problèmes en rapport avec le fumier. Au départ, je travaillais dur parceque j’étais seule et c’était beaucoup fatiguant. L’an 2018 je me suis associée à un groupe d’autres femmes qui faisaient des travaux semblables aux miens car l’Union fait la force. Aujourd’hui nous travaillons ensemble et nous avons un bon rendement. Nous avons 3 champs de tomates, 10 pépinières d’amarantes, un champs d’aubergines blanches, 2 champs de pomme de terre, 2 champs de haricots mélangés avec les maïs et 6 porcs. Nous prévoyons ouvrir une caisse de solidarité d’épargne et de micro-crédit pour nous entraider mutuellement.
Malgré cette initiative, les problèmes ne manquent pas; nous n’avons pas la possibilité de bien conserver notre récolte et ceci nous pousse à vendre à bas prix de peur que ça puisse pourrir. Nous travaillons donc dans la perte. Nous avons le manque de vastes terre cultivables. Aussi nous n’avons pas de capital car quelquefois nous manquons l’argent pour acheter les angrais chimiques, les médicaments pour plantes et bétails. Il peut aussi arriver que les voleurs ou malfaiteurs viennent et endommagent nos champs parce-que nous n’avons pas d’argent pour payer les veilleurs. Nous demandons aux bienfaiteurs et aux organisations non gouvernementales et Etatiques de nous soutenir en renforçant nos capacités en matière de conservation et transformation des produits agricoles sans oublier de nous donner le matériel à utiliser. Nous demandons à l’État de nous donner des terres à exploiter et de nous soutenir en nous mettant sur la liste des associations et coopératives qui bénéficieront des fonds destinés aux associations de développement local. Enfin nous demandons aux différents spécialistes en agronomie de nous enseigner comment cultiver sur de petits espaces et récolter bcp et sur la manière de faire l’élevage moderne ».
Mugihe benshi babaye imbohe zo kubura akazi kandi baratsinze amashure, hari abandi bobo bahagurutse Kugirango bibesheho, babesheho n’abandi. Ibi bibonekera mu kugene urwaruka rutari ruke rwijukiye imigambi y’ukwiteza imbere baciye mu burimyi n’ubworozi. Ibi biraheza bikunganira igihugu mu kurwanya inzara no gutanga akazi kuko nyene gukora uwo mugambi ntaheza ngo asubire kwitwa uwabuze akazi.
Menya Magazine yarishikiye ku mutumba Ntobwe, agacimbiri Karera, muri komine n’intara ya Gitega. Twahasanze umwigeme Nzokira Francine. Yariko arapompa umurima w’inyanya. Ikinyamakuru caripfuje kumenya nyamba yikorana canke ryoba ari ishirahamwe. Iki ni ikiyago twagiranye na we:
« Haraciye imyaka irenga indwi mpejeje amashure yisumbuye. Nagumye nsaba ariko sinagize amahirwe yo kukaronka. Narahavuye ndaheba kuko ntabona neza ico nokora kugira nibesheho. Kugira ndonke ico nokora vyarantwaye umwanya. Naciye niyumvira umugambi wo kwiteza imbere biciye mu burimyi n,ubworozi be no kwirora ibitungwa bitobito. Uwo mugambi nawutanguye mu mwaka wa 2016, ntangura ndi jenyene. Norora ingurube n’inkoko nkongera nkarima imboga. Maze kubona ko ntashobora guterimbere jenyene naciye nishira hamwe n’abandi mu ntango z’uyu mwaka wa 2018, kanatsinda « ishiga rimwe ntiricumba » kandi « ubugirigiri bugira babiri ». Icatumye niyumvira uwo mugambi ni uko nari narahejeje amashure nkicara muhira ntafise akazi nkabura amafaranga yo kwibeshaho. Ni ho naca nigira inama yo kurima mpfume mbura amahera mugabo ndonke imfungurwa. Natanguye ndima ibigori. Ico gihe narimbuye ndonka ivyo mfungura n’ivyo ngurisha. Naciye ngura inkoko zitatu n’ingurube imwe kugirango nzohore ndonka umwavu. Ivyo bitungwa vyaranyungukiye bikavyara. Nararonka umwavu rutari muke, ngaheza nkawucamwo kubiri: Umwavu umwe nkawufumbiza mu ndimiro, uwundi nkawugurisha. Ubu sinicwa n’intuntu y’inyama canke imboga kuko ndabikura mu vyo norora. Eka no kugurisha ndagurisha. Ico gihe cose namaze nikorana nararushe cane ariko kuva ngiye hamwe n’abandi ndabona ko dukora vyinshi kandi mû mwanya muto. Ubu dufise imirima itatu y’itomati amatuta cumi y’irengarega ikivi c’intore, ibivi bibiri vy’ibiraya, imirima ibiri y’ibiharage n’ibigori, ingurube ntonto zitandatu. Ivyo tubikora turi batandatu ariko n’abandi bazoza. Dutegekanya kuzoca tugira ikigega co kuziganya no kuguranana kugirango tuzoze turafashanya mugihe umwe muri twebwe agize ingorane runaka imusaba gusohora amafaranga.
Naho biri ukwo, ingorane ntizibuze. Turabura ukuntu twoshingura umwimbu wacu, yaba amatomati canke imboga bigatuma tugurisha ku giciro gito kuko dutinya ko vyokwonononekara tugahomba. Ntitwunguka cane kuko dukoresha ibikoresho vyinshi bizimvye tugaheza tukagurisha kumahera make. Iyindi ngorane nuko tudafise imirima minini minini kugirango ngo twagure ibikorwa vyacu. Iyindi ngorane ni uko ata mitahe dufise. Hari igihe tubura ibikoresho nk’imiti y’ibiterwa n’ibitungwa, amafumbire y’ikizungu,….. Hari naho abasuma batwiba kuko imirima yacu idacungerewe. Dusaba amashirahamwe n’abagira neza babishoboye ko bodufasha mû kutwigisha ukuntu twoshingura neza umwimbu wacu tukongera tukanawuhingura bongere baturonse n’ibikoresho twokoresha. Dusaba kandi ko leta yoturonsa imirima yagutse ikongera ikadufata mu mugongo ibicishije muri ca kigega cahariwe guhabwa amakomine co gitezimbere amashirahamwe n’ama koperative y’iterambere , tukongera tugasaba abahinga batandukanye baba abigenga canke ba leta ko boduha inyigisho mu bijanye no kurima no kworora neza mbere no mu bijanye no kuziganya no kuguranana ».