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 ».