Feeling fed up with festive consumerism? You could give a gift that will help a refugee entrepreneur this Christmas. A gift voucher allows the recipient to lend money to a refugee in Rwanda, who can then use the cash to start or expand a small business in their refugee camp or local community. This scheme will help people such as Zeburiya Nyiramana, who sells basic household items, fruit and vegetables from the small shop she set up in Kigeme refugee camp in Rwanda. She fled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo several years ago and lives with her six children and one other child she has adopted. Nyiramana started by selling vegetables around the camp and, once she began to generate a bit of profit, she saved and bought a small place to use as a permanent shop. With her Lendwithcare loan, Nyiramana will buy more fruit, vegetables, clothes and shoes to sell. Another refugee entrepreneur is Dada Nyirabuntu, who lives with her family in the Kigeme camp, where she arrived aged 18 with her parents and six siblings. She sells groceries, fruit, vegetables, mobile credit and mobile money transfer services to help support her family. After noticing many… Read full this story
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