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VSL Group name (Izina ry’umugwi): Turumwe (we are one)
Total members: 25
Females: 24, Males: 1
Registration: 3000 BIF
Kwinjira: BIF 3000
Location: Bwoga nearby Bragita
Ikibanza: Bwoga hafi ya Bragita
Meeting: every Saturday
Hour: 6:00 AM-7:00 AM
Isaha: 6:00 AM-7:00 AM
Savings: 500 BIF by meeting, 100 BIF for social assistance
Imbitso: BIF500, BIF100 ryo gufashanya
Loan: Savings x 3
Ingurane: Imbitso x 3
Interest: 1% per month
Loan duration: 11 months
Ikiringo: amezi 11
12th month: share of dividend and restart of the project
Ukwezi kwa 12: kugabura no gusubira gutangura.
This has helped women to overcome the problem of begging money from their husbands who are, most of them, drinkers. Our project is to lead them be self sufficient in their daily life. The challenge is that we don’t have means to run the project
The Printenet – Menya Project has two folks in Burundi: One Reporter and One intern. Before the founder pass, they were monthly paid. Starting January 2021, they are no longer paid and have many challenges to get this monthly newsletter printed out and distributed to rural villages where villagers use it to learn strange language. If anyone can help by supporting this project, it will help us to serve many people like we did before.
Printernet – Menya Newsletter
Ikinyamakuru Printernet- Menya
Bwoga rural Village
March 7, 2021
The Printernet Project in Burundi.
Lead by Canon Felix
Umugambi Printernet mu Burundi
Urongowe na Canon Felix
Who is Canon Felix?
Canon Felix in indé?
(Canon Felix is a Printernet Reporter based in Burundi, Africa. He is the leader of the Independent Pub Center in Burundi; He is the founder of Menya Foundation; He is a NIPAR fellow
Canon Felix ni umumenyeshamakuru wa Printernet ari mu Burundi, Afrika. Arongoye iyandikiro ry’ikinyamakuru mu Burundi, ni we yashinze ishirahamwe Menya Foundation; ni umuyoboke was NIPAR.
He is the writer, editor and publisher at Printernet – Menya Newsletter:
Ni umwanditsi, umukosozi akaba n’umumenyekanisha wa Printernet – Menya newsletter
He is a blogger at Yaga Burundi;
Ni umwanditsi muri Yaga Burundi
He is a storyteller
Ni umwanditsi w’inkuru
He is a journalist at La Nova Burundi (volunteer)
Ni umumenyeshamakuru kuri La Nova Burundi (aritanga)
He is a social entrepreneur, using the power of print for social justice and education
Ni umwitunganirizamigambi, akoresha ikinyamakuru mu kumenyekanisha iterambere rusangi n’indero
Local Ngo leader, he is a coach in entrepreneurship;
Umurongizi w’ishirahamwe, ni umuterantege mu bwitunganirizamigambi
Pastor and Church Leader, he is a facilitator at Nation -2- Nation Christian University at Gitega-Burundi.)
Umwungere Murongozi w’ishengero, ni umworosha kuri kaminuza rukristo Ihanga ku Rindi I Gitega -Burundi)
This project started in Burundi in early of 2018. The task was to install an office in a rural area, in which we provided internet and electricity to rural villagers. This was to reduce their long journey they make from their villages to the city where they can access the electricity and the internet services. We also taught computer skills to rural NGO leaders.
Uyu mugambi watanguye mu ntango za 2018. Ibikorwa kwari ugukorera mu bigwati aho twafasha abantu kuronka ubuhinga ngurukanabumenyi n’umuyagankuba uturutse ku zuba. Kwari ukubagabaniriza ingendo ndende bafata bagiye mu bisagara kuronderayo umuriro no gukoresha ubuhinga ngurukana bumenyi
With one reporter, the project helped many rural villagers. According to the challenges to bring solutions to, we recharged phones using solar panels; we had a small printer-copier that we used to print and photocopy documents. Although the Printernet New – York has invested, we rented the office. The one who got the investment wasted the money. Thus, I was impossible to pay house rent and encourage the volunteer we were working together. We were obliged to close.
N’umumenyeshamakuru umwe, uyu mugambi warafashije abanyagihugu batobato benshi. Bivanye n’inkenero z’abanyagihugu, twarongereza umuriro mu materefone twifashishije umuyagankuba uturuka ku zuba, twari dufise akamashini gato kadufasha gusohora no gufotora inyandiko. Naho Printernet New-York yari yararungitse uburyo bwo kugura ibikoresho, twakorera aho dukose. Uwashikirijwe amahera ntiyashoboye kugura ivyasabwa. Ibi vyatumye tudashobora kuriha ibiro no gutera intege uwadufasha muri ivyo biro.
The VSL Project and community development stories by
Who is Eliane Niyonkunze?
(She is an unemployed teacher. She studied rural economy and development. She is the intern and coordinator of the Printernet Menya VSL groups in Burundi.
Ni umwigisha atagira akazi ka reta. Yize ivy’ubutunzi n’iterambere rusangi. Ni umwunganizi akaba n’umugenduzi w’imigwi yo kuziganya no kuguranana yatangujwe na Printernet- Menya)
The Village Savings and Loan project came out in 2019. An online class started to teach to some members what the Printernet project was doing and then help the reporter. She has been reporting about our groups of VSL and other community development stories.
Umugambi wo gushiraho imigwi yo kuziganya no kuguranana catanguye mu 2019. Haratunganijwe ishure ku rubuga ngurukanabumenyi rwafashije kwigisha ivyo twariko turakora no kubamenyereza gufasha a name yes harakiri. Uwo ni we yandika amakuru ajanye n’umugambi w’imigwi yo kuziganya no kuguranana hamwe n’ayandi yerekeye iterambere rusangi.
The NIPAR gave a new vision to the project. After we were taught by the Printernet New-York founder ( RIP), the Printernet-Menya Burundi has started with Project management. We have already done two days face to face workshop with entrepreneurs. The challenge in this is to rent the place in which we hold the workshops. We are running Pig4me , the newsletter and VSL projects. Before the founder of the Printernet New-York passes, we were monthly paid.
We are on ground, serving the community
NIPAR yarazanye iyindi mbono mu mugambi. Inyuma y’uko uwatanguje (RIP) Printernet New-York atwigishirije ivyo kwitunganiriza imigambi, Printernet- Menya Burundi yarashoboye gutunganya inyigisho z’imisi ibiri, zikaba zahawe abitunganiriza imigambi batobato. Ingorane tugira ni ukudashobora kuriha ubukode bw’aho twigishiriza. Ubu turiko turabandanya n’imigambi y’ubworozi bw’ingurube, kwandika amakuru, ukuziganya no kuguranana. Uwatanguje Printernet New-York akiriho, twahembwa ku kwezi.
Turi ku rubuga, dukorera ikibano
Canon Felix and Eliane Niyonkunze
Printernet – Menya Burundi
This is our monthly newsletter for the Printernet-Menya Burundi, the first after the founder, Michael Josefowicz passed. Starting 2018, this wise man was the supporter of this project. May he Rest In Peace forever.
After a heros there is a heros.
The death of the Printernet New-York was like a sword in some partners heart. What we will still remember is his kind :”Don’t blame someone because he failed to respect the deadline, things must happen when they are ready to happen”. Also, he taught reporters about time management. To honor his words: ” I want you to continue with the project even when I am gone”, we have printed 200 copies of the February newsletter. This will help 200+ readers to have awarenesses of the activities. Passed away in January 2021, this February, we printed the first newsletter. A friend of him helped us to go from doc file to PDF. Another one helped us to print it out. Her support is invaluable because we are using it to reach out to our readers.
In the starting, we used to teach rural villagers the “computer skills” using WIFI and solar power. This has positively impacted villagers. We welcome everyone who wants to support us in this project of enlightenment of rural villages using solar panel.
By Canon Felix, Reporter
Ugly death, why have you done this? Ugly death, why do you bring sorrow? Ugly death, why do you put people in dire situation? Ugly death, when will you be satisfied?
Ugly death, who told you we will stop? Ugly death, who sent you to do that evil action? Ugly death, who will praise you? Ugly death, who is your friend?
Ugly death, how bad are you! Ugly death, how do you want us to move? Ugly death, what is your vision?
You tried to stop us but you failed. You did what you did but we are unstoppable. You took him as quickly as you want, but his memory is here. You took him after he finished to show me what to do in our face to face workshop. You stopped him from seeing what he started.
Menya misses his coaching. Menya misses his consultancy. Menya misses his advice and everything from him.
Ugly death, you are very bad
Lazy people in the project
All started with the investment. In each village, he started by investing money to cover primary wants in the office. Lazy people got the investment but didn’t do anything with it. They shut up like nothing had been done. The decision of sending money to a person with who you have not been together is very serious. Till now, these lazy people are silent. Unfortunately to them, the project continue.
Michael Josefowicz said: “The ideation of showing the power of print came in my mind in 2009. This dream came true staring 2018 when I helped to install the Independant Pub Centers in some african countries. There are some people to who I have sent investment to use in the Printernet office. They notified me to have got money but have never told me what they are doing with the money I sent to them. This will not stop me. With conversations, it is not easy to know if you are talking with a man who does what he said he will do. I struggled to finding someone to lead the project. Right now, I have found some. Onward, ever onward. I am a retired man. I want you to continue even when I am gone. I want people to see that the Printernet is not limited to you and I, but testimonies will continue to flow even when I will no longer be among you. Lazy people have eaten the money, but real men are working. I will be helping my partner to know how to use the resources they have at hands. I am not stopped by lazy people because, if they do that, they stop their own blessings”.
By Canon Felix, Gitega Burundi, the Printernet reporter.
The Printernet project in Burundi
You asked me if I was ready to be a Printernet reporter, what I accepted. You helped us to install the Printernet office by investing your own money for our own good. In the office, you planned to have computers, router , flat TV, Invertor, solar panel, battery and…. . I knew you when all this was done, recruited as a volunteer. After you got all informations about your investment, you decided to work directly and this enabled me to be who I am at work. You are unforgettable
Printent-Menya writings workshop
In the second part of 2018, you settled a private Facebook group where you taught us to write English texts and stories. Most of students were French speaking but, at a given moment, you realized that some of them were worthy to continue as interns of the project, what you did. You are unforgettable.
Printernet reporters and the newsletter
Your plan was uncompareable. You named a reporter based in Burundi, Uganda and Malawi. These are all africans. We are leaders of Village WiFi where rural villagers are connected to the internet and electricity. Monthly, reporters have to write stories and you transformed them into PDF file. How quick were you! You paid us regularly. None of us is complaining. You are unforgettable
You knew the importance of team work. You had provided interns to work with reporters. Here at Menya Foundation, the intern was regularly paid. Your work has changed lives.
Every-yes every child will read in the world
This was another vision of yours to help every child, wherever he/she is, to be aware of what was happening with the Printernet project, using newsletters. You are unforgettable
Nemetics Institute for Participatory Action Research (NIPAR)
This is where you were leading us to. You took your time to post lessons that were helping us to go to that end, where we expected to get a Certificate. You have gone without reaching this goal. Damn the death. Here, I am not sure if we will continue….
In your last days of life, you suggested us to hold online workshop. Two days before you left us (RIP), you conducted an online workshop with the Printernet Nigeria. Here where I am, we did a face to face workshop. The shock started by the lack of your comment or like on my post. This put me in confusion. The next day I did, no comments, no like. This was not your habit and I was asking myself what has happened. You are unforgettable
The sad news fall, tires flew
It was in the early morning that I was aware that you have passed. My intern was near me. The pain in our heart, we found ourselves crying. We finished to accept that.
You are unforgettable
With your support I helped many people. Your support helped me to be who I am now. Your support helped me to publish the Printernet-Menya newsletter. Your support made me a man of difference. You have gone when we are in need of you. You have gone even if there were other programs we were planning. You have gone and we are crying. I have learned many things from you. Among what I learned, I saw that the social networks can change lives. The important thing is to find real people with real cause and real people with reality into them
For Menya, you were a Very Important People who lived in rich country caring for poor people in poor country. You are unforgettable
The Printernet New-York has been our blessings. In its project “Every – yes every child will read in the world”, rural villagers have got opportunity to learn English because the bilingual newsletter helps people to improve their English skills.