Residents in Rulindo District are set to benefit from a donation of 20 cows provided by Heifer Project International (HPI) on Monday 11 November 2013 in Cyinzuzi Sector.
HPI organization partners Rulindo district development programmes particularly in the Girinka program.
Girinka program started operating in Rulindo district in 2006 after it was introduced in the country by President Kagame in the same year.
Girinka (One Cow per Family) programme is one of Rwanda’s poverty reduction strategies aiming at improving people’s social and economic status.
The program is promoted in its condition that whoever gets a cow will give out the first calf to the next neighbour and so on. The cows provide milk for consumption, income earning manure for boosting crop farming.
Rulindo district is steadily supporting Girinka program as a strategy of poverty reduction. According to Prosper Murindwa the Vice Mayor for Finance and Economic Affairs in the district, getting a cow shifts individuals from one social level to the next.
Cyinzuzi sector residents commended the district support in many programs especially Girinka that has helped in eradicating poverty and poor eating habits.
HPI project operates in three sectors namely; Ntarabana, Masoro and Cyinzuzi The project has so far given out 152 cows for promotion of Girinka program to its beneficiaries in the said sectors.