More than a cooperative. Episode 2

In the recent story of the founder of Cooperative Agropastoral Society of Burundi SAPABU, he told us the meaning, the reasons for its creation, the activities already carried out and the problems encountered. In this story, it continues with the structures, the activities carried out and other things. This is how Alexis Nduwamahoro continues his story:

II.The administrative structures of SAPABU

Its headquarters are in downtown GITEGA, Avenue du Triomphe. It is administered by a Board of Directors. Its financial operations are controlled by a Supervisory Board

III. Major development activities that SAPABU is doing

For a year of existence, SAPABU has already achieved a lot of things. In addition to the different office activities, SAPABU is multiplying maize seeds (the bases of variety ZM 605) on an area of 5 hectares, in KARUSI province, Buhiga commune, Shanga hill. In order to increase the agricultural production of small and vulnerable rural farmers, SAPABU distributed free 250kg of corn seeds of the same variety to 70 families whose cultivable plots are approximate to the SAPABU plot. In Rutana province, Bukemba commune, Bugiga hill, SAPABU is cultivating cassava on more than 1/2 hectares
These are the rural vulnerable agri-pastoral members from Shanga to Buhiga during sowing of maize.
This is the land developed for cassava cultivation in Bukemba, Bugiga.

IV. Major problems that SAPABU encounters.

The cooperative suffers from a glaring lack:
– Financing to get the machine off to a good start
– sufficient office equipment for its head office;
– means of travel to access the population benefiting from the project;
– its own demonstration plot of modern techniques for agriculture and livestock farming;
– modern technical equipment for the production and processing of agricultural and livestock products.
SAPABU has all its documents printed in public secretariats. She runs the risk of plagiarism, loss and / or theft of her projects by other people.


In the end, the main motivations for the creation of the agro-pastoral cooperative society of Burundi « SAPABU », were first of all to fight for the increase of the agricultural production and to reinforce the intensive breeding by the granting of the rotary credits animals to rural vulnerable farmers; secondly, to promote the purchasing power of agri-pastoralists and the raising of their standard of living through the joint sale of agricultural and livestock products, sponsored by SAPABU in the country’s landlocked corners, to bring the products and financial services to poor agri-pastoralists, and initiate small-scale agricultural and livestock processing plants to facilitate conservation and marketing in domestic and international markets.
Although SAPABU is proving to be an effective weapon of the population to defend itself against hunger and poverty, it requires a lot of resources to make its projects operational. As a result, in the beginning, its operational activities will meet in the central region, which includes four provinces, including GITEGA, KARUSI, MARAMVYA and MWARO, which plans to extend projects to other regions as funding is obtained. .
Thus, SAPABU makes a strong appeal and implores to any national, international, state and / or private moral, technical and / or financial partner concerned with the sustainable development of the rural population, to support it and / or to accompany in the accomplishment of his mission « .

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Can Printernet change life of its partners?

This question can be asked by anyone. Young people use this social media for a variety of purposes. The reality is that there are all kinds of people using it. When you’re signed in to your Facebook friend, the conversation lets you know who you’re talking to. This led you to make a choice. This choice will lead you to success or failure.
This story is about Joseph Atwongyeire. It’s a Ugandan. Thanks to Facebook, he had the opportunity to connect to Printernet New York, an initiative of the Global Study of Social Enterprise, 501c3. Menya Magazine interviewed him to ask how things started.

He told the magazine, « I was connected to Facebook, I used this account to publish what I’m doing, and at the beginning I was involved in tree planting, which I still do. One Facebook friend of mine told me about the Printernet cofe and the internet connection, he told me that we can change our community with the internet. The first time i never accepted because i was totally interested in planting trees, but not cafe. At a given time, I realized it can help. He started guiding me, telling me how it works. He sent the funds. I used it to buy two computers, a router and other things.

Printernet’s income in tree planting

The revenues we got went to tree planting. I manage both Printernet Cafe and Greening Uganda (environmental protection). Printernet Cafe combines the power of the Internet with the power of print to create a friendly editing and learning center. The first step was to install a wifi village and two computers. Once installed, GSSCE provides real-time coaching via Facebook and Messenger thread.

The growth of the project

The Nyarushanje cafe in Uganda started with Wi-Fi powered by solar power, two computers and two months of telecom billing. Today, it has seven computers, a TV connected to the Internet and a small printer in a comfortable environment and in a rented space. He is now making a profit per hour billed for cyber-time, a three-week course on computers, cafe making and printing copies.

Sustainability in the village.

Cafe profits are used to finance a micro-credit, a program run by Printernet cafe. In August 2018, six micro-loans were granted to a bricklaying company, a furniture manufacturer and a chicken producer, among others.

Printernet – Nyarushanje, Uganda, led by Atwongyeire Joseph, is targeting to green Uganda. « Greening Uganda » is a registered community organization. They are planting 1,000,000 fruit trees in their village. With the help of Printernet New York, we raised $ 12,500 to be used in our project. In 2017, Greening Uganda planted 200,000 fruit trees during the rainy season, which began in September. If we could raise the total amount, we would plant 300,000+ trees during the rainy season. Contributions are tax deductible. Donors received a tax receipt by email a few minutes after making a contribution.
Each planting day costs $ 125 and 240 hours of workprovided by 30 volunteers. Any size contribution helps.

Planting activities

A planting day requires the rental of a truck to transport the seedlings and villagers to the planting site. Renting a truck cost us money. A day of planting required 240 hours of volunteer work. They were sold. Returning from the plantation site, volunteers were transported home.


Many people think that Facebook is a fake social media. What I can say is that Facebook is a place of interesting innovation that can make things happen. If it was not Facebook, I would not have met Michael or any other person. He can connect the world to be a good place to live.

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Une coopérative pas comme les autres. Épisode 2.

Dans le récent récit du fondateur de Société Cooperative Agropastorale du Burundi SAPABU, il nous disait la signification, les raisons de sa création, les activités déjà réalisées et les problèmes rencontrés. Dans le présent recit, il continue avec les structures, les activités réalisées et autres choses. Voilà comment Alexis Nduwamahoro continue son récit :

II. Les structures administratives de la SAPABU.

Son siège social se trouve au centre-ville de GITEGA, avenue du triomphe. Elle est administrée par un Conseil d’Administration. Ses opérations financières sont contrôlées par un Conseil de Surveillance.

III. Les grandes activités de développement que la SAPABU est en train de réaliser.

Pour une année d’existence, la SAPABU a déjà réalisé pas mal des choses. En plus des différentes activités bureautiques, la SAPABU est en train de multiplier les semences de maïs (les bases de variété ZM 605) sur une étendue de 5 hectares, en province KARUSI, commune Buhiga,colline Shanga. Dans le but d’augmenter la production agricole des petits agri-éleveurs vulnérables ruraux, la SAPABU a distribué gratuitement 250kg des semences de maïs de cette même variété aux 70 familles dont leurs parcelles cultivables sont approximatives à la parcelle de la SAPABU. En province Rutana,commune Bukemba, colline Bugiga,la SAPABU est en train de cultiver l manioc sur plus d’1/2 hectares
Ce sont les membres agri-éleveurs vulnérables ruraux de Shanga à Buhiga pendant le semis de maïs.
Voilà le terrain aménagé pour la culture de manioc a Bukemba, Bugiga .
IV.Problèmes majeurs que la SAPABU rencontre.
La coopérative souffre d’un manque criant :
– de financement pour bien démarrer la machine
– d’équipement suffisant bureau pour son siège social ;
– du moyen de déplacement pour accéder à la population bénéficière du projet ;
– de son propre terrain de démonstration des techniques modernes pour l’agriculture et l’élevage;
– du matériel technique moderne pour la production et la transformation des produits agricoles et d’élevage.
La SAPABU fait imprimer tous ses documents dans des secrétariats publics. Elle court le risque de plagiat, de perte et/ou de vol de ses projets par d’autres personnes.
En définitive, les grandes motivations de la création de la société coopérative agro-pastorale du Burundi « SAPABU », étaient d’abord de lutter pour l’augmentation de la production agricole et de renforcer l’élevage intensif par l’octroi des crédits rotatifs d’animaux aux agri-éleveurs vulnérables ruraux ; ensuite, promouvoir le pouvoir d’achat des agri-éleveurs et la remontée de leur niveau de vie par la vente en commun des produits agricoles et d’élevage, patronnée par la SAPABU dans les coins enclavés du pays, pour y faire parvenir les produits et les services financiers à des agri-éleveurs pauvres;et enfin, initier la création de petites usines de transformation des produits agricoles et d’élevage, afin de faciliter la conservation et la commercialisation sur les marchés nationaux et internationaux.
Bien que la SAPABU s’avère une arme efficace de la population pour se défendre contre la faim et la pauvreté, elle exige beaucoup de moyens pour pouvoir rendre opérationnels ses projets. De ce fait, au début, ses activités opérationnelles vont se rencontrer dans la région centre qui regroupe 4 provinces dont GITEGA, KARUSI, MARAMVYA et MWARO quitte à étendre les projets vers les autres régions au fur et à mesure qu’on obtienne les les financements.
Ainsi, la SAPABU lance un appel vibrant et implore à tout partenaire morale, technique et/ou financier tant national qu’international, étatique et/ou privé soucieux du développement durable de la population rurale, de l’appuyer et/ou de l’accompagner dans la réalisation de sa mission ».

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The origin of Menya Foundation

This is the story telling how I, the Founder of Menya Foundation have struggled in the journey, from thought to real thing. It is a story in which many people have played a vital role. In 2012, I was called to implant an association whose members were unemployed guys. At the beginning, every thing went good. A time came, the association collapsed. Its failure discouraged me. At a given moment, I started with an other one, for which I was the founder. The journey of entrepreneur started like that.

Facebook account and the six comportements.

Since 2007, I started to use Gmail. I used it to give some reports. It was in 2012 when I definitly decided to use social networks. I created a Facebook account. I didn’t know how I would make something great from there. I started to send friend request. That was my connections. In the first days, my occupation was to update my profil photo. Later in 2015, I saw a shared post of Yaga Burundi. I read it and took my pen and notebook to write a text. It was really my first text. This opportunity brought me to be a blogger. Starting that time, the hunt of opportunities begun. In 2016, I joined World Merit through Facebook application. A conversation with the headquarter led me to know their representative in my country. In 2017, I was choosen as a coach in Social Initiatives Support Project organized by the US embassy, the Alumni association, Innova Group, World Merit,…. . This project helped me to see my focus : the entrepreneurs Empowerment. I continued to struggle till when in April 2018 I got an unforgetable cellphone call. The message was about Printernet Project to be emplemented in a rural village.

Inspiration of Printernet New York.

That time, I didn’t realize what was going on in Printernet Facebook groups. The first thing I did was to follow every thing with interst. I learned many thing from these groups whose posts are very invaluable. It is from the inspiration of Printernet name that Menya Foundation was born. As I continued to interact with my Very Imporant People on Facebook, I continued to learn from them. The Menya Magazine was born when I read that in New York they have a plan of publishing a newsletter.

Printernet and the English teachings

With Printernet Project Mubuga, things went very quick. Menya Magazine took the role of writing what was going on. I decided to teach English lessons. Till now, these teachings are going on. This class has 100+pupils divided into two groups. In six months, we will be certifying they that will be eligible.

Menya Foundation registered.

This foundation is now registered. It has allowance of working in the whole contry. Entrepreneurs will be empowered. Menya Magazine, with the partnership with Printernet New York has already printed two newsletters.

Printernet New York has played a great role in the existance of both Menya Foundation and its magazine. We recognize these invaluable support of Printernet New York. We still in need of supporters. The Foundation is new on the ground. Our goal is to fight poverty and hunger, starting by unemployment in order to rescue young graduates who cross their arms at their homes.

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More than a cooperative. Episode 1.

Presentative and inviting message from Cooperatve « SAPABU »

At the meeting of the difficulties, some give up their ways. For Alexis Nduwamahoro Legal representive of SAPAB, to stop the journey is not the solution for challenges.

He explains how he and his associates work: »The cooperative society» SAPABU »is a very young cooperative that was approved on 8/9/2017. Its operational activities are carried out throughout the national territory subdivided into regions. The cooperative intervenes in the agricultural and livestock sector. Its activities are planned and executed by serene structures.
Despite her youth, the cooperative has already done some activities related to her age. It also presents development projects that it plans to do in the future as you will see in this statement. Nevertheless, SAPABU was born with a lot of difficulties. She suffers from a glaring lack of means to finance her projects and travel to make the land.

a) What is SAPABU?

Agro-Pastoral Cooperative Society of Burundi: SAPABU, is a private company with public participation that has been approved by the API (Burundian Agency for the Promotion of Investments) on 8/9/2017. It is registered under the registration number Fiscal (NIF: 4000908212) and the Trade Register (RC: 09850). It currently has 23 founding intellectual members native of various provinces of the country, and 675 members small agri-pastoralists. With its innovative strategies, SAPABU intervenes in the agricultural field as a multiplier of certified seeds, and in the breeding sector throughout the national territory divided into 5 agricultural regions.

b) The purpose of SAPABU:

– Freeze and agricultural production;
-Sale of agricultural and livestock production;
-Sales agro-pastoral inputs.

c) The vision of SAPABU:

SAPABU aims to strengthen the capacity of small and vulnerable rural farmers in order to sustainably improve their living conditions and their food security through a better agro-pastoral integration throughout the country for a period of 30 years (from 2017- 2047)
d) The mission of SAPABU:
-strengthen intensive livestock farming by granting rotating livestock credits to vulnerable rural herders through the solidarity chains;
– adapting agriculture to climate change through the continuous watering system using hydromotor pumps, and multiplying certified seeds;
– provide supervision, training and permanent monitoring of project beneficiaries;
-market agro-pastoral inputs and products;
-initiating the creation of small processing plants for agricultural (especially fruit) and livestock products to promote conservation and marketing;
-promote savings and credit for smallholder farmers so that they can obtain animal feed and certified seed.

e) The motto of SAPABU:

« Youth committed to fighting unemployment, hunger and poverty (CFP).
f) The objective values of SAPABU:
1 Freedom
2. Production
3. Solidarity
4. Development
5 ° Inclusivity
6. Integration.

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The roots of Printernet New York. Episode 3.

Printernet Project Mubuga is on another level. It is really making the difference. At the beginning, no one knew that things were to be like they are now. The first thing was the investment of Printernet New York. With that investment, the project was to enable villagers and neighbourhood to internet and electricity. This was quite good for rural villagers.

What has really happened ?

There are some months starting the opening of Printernet office in that village licated at 150+ kilometers from Bujumbura. On the ground, a new challenge was born. Many people tald to me that they are in need of a printer copier. That was brought in the right time. We continued to serve them and trying to explain the social networks. They said that they are in need of Empowerment in English using. That is a very big challenge in a country where french language is the most used. I begun to thing on how to teach that English without any payment. This was planned in 3 weeks and started.

Printernet Project and the English teachings.

As the runner of the project, I saw that it was invaluable to teach them. I use my own time and other things that help me to do it without any complain. These lessons are taught to 100+ pupils who are divided into two classes. They are now learning for free but ready to pay for certificates.

The Printernet Project Mubuga newsletter

At the difference of other projects runner, what we do is public. That is the reason why the project has a newsletter to tell to the whole world what is going on. This is helping us to spread the word. The partnership with Menya Foundation was a great step for the project. As the newsletter is in our hands, everyone is amazed : » where does Printernet Project Mubuga do this » ? This is one of the questions villagers ask themselves. Printernet is more than a pubcenter.


Une coopérative pas comme les autres. Episode 1

Message presentatif et invitatif de la Société Cooperatve « SAPABU  »

A la rencontre des difficultés, certains renoncent à leur chemains. Pour Alexis Nduwamahoro representing Legal de la SAPAB, les obstacles devraient nous avancer de l’avant.

Il explique comment lui et ses associés travaillent : »La société coopérative  » SAPABU » est une coopérative très jeune qui a été agréée le 8/9/2017. Ses activités opérationnelles se font sur tout le territoire national subdivisé en régions. La coopérative intervient dans le domaine agricole et d’élevage. Ses activités sont planifiées et exécutées par les structures sereines.
Malgré sa jeunesse, la coopérative a déjà réalisé certaines activités relatives à son âge. Elle présente aussi des projets de développement qu’elle envisage faire dans l’avenir comme vous le verrez dans cette assertion. Néanmoins, la SAPABU est née avec beaucoup de difficultés. Elle souffre d’un manque criant de moyens pour financer ses projets et de déplacement pour faire les terrains.

a)Qu’est-ce que la SAPABU ?

La Société Coopérative Agro-pastorale du Burundi : SAPABU, est une société privée à participation publique qui a été agréée par l’API(Agence burundaise pour la Promotion des Investissements) en date du 8/9/2017. Elle est enregistrée sous le numéro d’Immatriculation Fiscal (NIF:4000908212) et le Registre de Commerce(RC:09850). Elle compte actuellement 23 membres fondateurs intellectuels natifs des provinces diverses du pays, et 675 membres petits agri-éleveurs. Avec ses stratégies innovatrices, la SAPABU intervient dans le domaine agricole comme multiplicateur des semences certifiées, et dans le domaine d’élevage sur tout le territoire national subdivisé en 5 régions agricoles.

b)L’objet social de la SAPABU:

-Elevage et production agricole;
-Vente de la production agricole et d’élevage;
-Vente des intrants agro-pastoraux .
c)La vision de la SAPABU:
La SAPABU vise à renforcer la capacité des petits agri-éleveurs vulnérables ruraux afin d’améliorer durablement leurs conditions de vie et leur sécurité alimentaire à travers une meilleure intégration agro-pastorale sur tout le territoire national pour une période de 30 ans (de 2017-2047)
d)La mission de la SAPABU:
-renforcer l’élevage intensif par l’octroi des crédits rotatifs d’animaux aux agri-éleveurs vulnérables ruraux à travers les chaînes de solidarité;
-adapter l’agriculture aux changements climatiques par le système d’arrosage continu à l’aide des pompes hydromoteurs, et en multipliant les semences certifiées ;
-assurer un encadrement, une formation et un suivi permanent des bénéficiaires du projet ;
-commercialiser les intrants et produits agro-pastoraux;
-initier la création de petites usines de transformation des produits agricoles (surtout les fruits) et d’élevage pour favoriser la conservation et la commercialisation ;
-favoriser l’épargne et crédit pour les petits agri-éleveurs afin qu’ils puissent se procurer des aliments des animaux et des semences certifiées.
e)Le devise de la SAPABU : »Une jeunesse engagée pour lutter contre le chômage, la faim et la pauvreté (CFP).
f) Les valeurs objectives de la SAPABU :

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The roots of Printernet New York. Episode 2

Printernet Project is taking shape in Burundi, especially in the rural villages where that project is being run. Printernet is really beyond what we thing is. The manner you do things will dertmine your success. On the ground running the project, we have been obliged to add some micro-projects that we didn’t think about in the first time. All this is done in order to get villagers to a level of using what they benefited from the project.

Why the project included English lessons?

Really, these teachings were not on the to do-list for Printernet. As a project runner, one of the micro-projects to be run was to help villagers and other to use the internet. Many of them, villagers as they are asked many questions about social network. These questions led me to know that english teachings was needed. The plan of that program was elaborated. The reason is to enable villagers to the use of that stange language.

The roots of Printernet New York.

If Printernet Project was not being run in that village, these teachings wouldn’t happen. With 100+ pupils, that class is divided into two groups. It is the investment of Printernet New York that led us to be in that village. One pupil testify: » If the project was not in this village, it wouldn’t be possible to learn this English. We really thank the investor and our teacher who are implementing these things.

The use of what you have at hand.

In the starting days, we didn’t see how it would get done. No classrom, no chalks, no books and other things to use. These challenges didn’t stop us. The global goal of Printernet is to enable villagers to access internet and electricity. The use of internet means to use social networks. Nowadays, this language is the most used in social networks. Printernet continue to teach this lessons. The runner of Printernet Project in Mubuga Village is the one who teachs that english.

Although thing are like we said above, we are in need of computers. These will help us to read and use the online books. It will also be a chance for the project to have its own computers and from there it will be possible to emplemente the teaching of computer skills. These teachings will be charged. We are calling for computer support for the project.


Printernet newsletter in Burundi ?

I remember the first days on Facebook. I didn’t think if things would be how they are now. I can’t imagine how I can be reading a newspaper from New York. According to what some people say about that social media, I was confused. The today’s situation is the opposite of what I new before.

Trust worthy

The use of social networks requres to trust and to be trusted. In the first days, it was like I was jocking. I used to connect to my Facebook account all the day long. It was abouvious to think that good things would happen. In the april 2018 when I was connected to Printernet New York for the first time. As a writer and a storyteller, I was very interested. Through messenger thread, I begun to look forward how the newsletter can be droped in my hands.

Printernet newsletter in Burundi

Time came, when a copy was sent to me. I saw that it was very fabulous. A though came in my mind, the creation of Menya Magazine. This magazine was created starting the day I read the Printernet newsletter. Menya Foundation is a social enterprise who works like other enterprises. The difference is that what is done by the Foundation is posted on the blog. Printernet newsletter in Burundi will let people know what is going on in the whole world.

If you want to work, do not understand what people say about what you want to do.


The roots of Printernet New York. Episode 1

When you live in a rural village, you can ask yourself how you will access on internet and its benefits. This is what Printernet New York is doing. Based in New York City, Printernet is helping many people to overcome some problems. Its purpose is to enable rural villages to access to internet and a Wi-Fi connection. It provides other services according to the challenges met in the villages.

Printernet Project and English teachings.

As the project is being run in Mubuga village, Gitega Commune in Burundi and in Gisovu Village, Bubanza province, greater things have been accomplished in each village. I want to talk about Mubuga village where I myself run the project and report for it. At the beginning, it seemed like we had to enable villagers to use internet, computers, teleconferences and other things. I am in that village and I saw that it was impossible for them to teach the use of social networks because they have problems of language. We planned on how to empower them in that strange language. Now, they study English and they are proud of it. The roots of all that is Printernet New York who has invested in that village. On the black board, we are studying irregular verbs. When we will be able to conjugate each one, it will enable us to differentiate regullar and irregular verbs. These lessons are free.

Burundi has entered in East African Community. The use of English became an obligation. To do it in the right way, we are in need of chalks, computer and a projector. We have Printernet New York to have invested. We are in need of other help so we can include other services in our Printernet Project Mubuga. Your help is invaluable. We welcome you. Through Printernet Project, let’s strengthen one an other for a good future.

Canon Felix

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