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The Independent (Kampala): Uganda: One Million Rwandans Graduate Out of Poverty

3 Sep 2014

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  • Title: Uganda: One Million Rwandans Graduate Out of Poverty
  • Date: 1 Sep 2014
  • Publication: The Independent

"... Worldwide, social protection is being championed by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development aiming at preventing, managing, and overcoming situations that adversely affect people's well-being.

"For the last 18 years, Esperance Nyiramahoro, 34, had tried every job but without much luck in overcoming poverty. Life was hard; she was barely able to get enough to keep her family afloat. It is only five years ago when her life started to change - thanks to the government's social protection programmes under the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS).

"Nyaramahoro is one of the one million people who have now managed to graduate from poverty over the last five years. Like many Rwandans, Nyiramahoro's story is one of optimism and resilience.

"'Before, life was hard but has changed today for the better. We have managed to start our own projects after acquiring loans from Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (Saccos),' says Nyaramahoro.

"Nyiramahoro says social protection has had a big impact on women who manage families. 'The health care insurance has helped the children. Family members are able to visit hospitals for medical care services,' she says.

"Six years ago, the government initiated social protection programmes to accelerate poverty eradication. Today, all Rwandans from the country's 30 districts benefit from these programmes.
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