The Ministry of Local Government, (MINALOC) has donated 15 Friesian cows to vulnerable residents in Kicukoro, Nyarugenge and Gasabo districts.
Speaking at a ceremony to hand over some of the cows at Gahanga Sector, Kicukiro District on Thursday, Theophile Ruberangeyo, the ministry’s Director General in charge of Community Development and Social Welfare, said that the donation is part of the Government’s broader ‘One-Cow-Per-Family’ programme.
The beneficiaries are mainly the elderly, the handicapped and the traditionally disadvantaged families. Ruberangeyo said 75 Friesian cows, worth Rfw27millions, will be donated to poor families countrywide.
“The main objective of this donation is to enable you, vulnerable individuals, to improve your living standards, so I advise you to look after them very well in order to get maximum production out of them” Ruberangeyo said.
“I had no hope of getting means to buy either a cow or milk but I thank our Government, and particularly President Paul Kagame who has made my dream come true,” said Marie Rose Banabose, a handicapped woman who received one of the cows.
She said that the cow donated to her will give her agricultural fertilizers, milk and improve her finances.
Over 100,000 households have so far received at least a cow under the ‘One-Cow-Per-Family’ programme.