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Empowering the poor to a spiritual and physical wholeness
Greetings to you all and may your day be filled with contentment and
Can I share a story from what is happening here in our lives, and the
work we are doing with AEE Rwanda.
Francois Nshimiyimana is a 22-year-old who joined a Self-Help Group (SHG) three
years ago, he says about his life at the time he joined “Basically, it was as if there
was a blinding wall in front of me, with no thoughts; just living for today without
planning for tomorrow.” He joined a SHG with other teenagers and together they
received education and training in business topics such as entrepreneurship and
saving. The group together started a small chilli farm and this small business was
not enough for Francois, he had his eyes set on bigger and more lucrative
endeavours. After the first harvest of chillies (which are sent to the U.K.) he used
his part of the profits to buy two young goats and raise them before selling them
again. This gave him a working capital of 50,000 Rwf ($60 US) and with a loan
from the SHG of 20,000 ($25 US) he was able to start his own small shop in his
village. There was only one other shop in the village but he is proud to now say that
his shop is the biggest.
Talk to us
WhatsApp +610434965151 (Toby)
WhatsApp +250781921905 (Esme)
Even though he is still living at home he is able to generate 50,000 Rwf ($60 US)
per month in profit which he uses to support himself and his parents.
This is not the end of the road for Francois, he dreams of opening a bigger shop in
the town and be able to buy directly from the suppliers instead of having to buy
smaller amounts from the middle men, which costs a lot more.
He appreciates what
has been given to him
through AEE and
hopes the next
generation of youth
get the same training
and exposure to what
he has been given so
that they too can
We have also just finished a crusade here in the capital where over
10,000 people gave their life to the Lord and another 63,000 heard the
It is always exciting to see how we are part of this larger work of
empowering and enabling the poorest of the poor here in Rwanda to
have a dream and a future both physically as well as spiritually.
What have we been up to as a family? Well it has been school holidays
here for the past few months ( they follow the Americans here) and at the
end of this month Zebadiah is going off to school, which is pretty exciting
and scary for us. The kids holidays have happened around the parents
working, sadly we can’t take a few months off from all we do.
Last week we all went away to a missionary conference/retreat (think no
running water, proper toilets or electricity) and camped for the week in
our little two man tents on the shore of lake Kivu (which borders the
Congo). It was a little hard sleeping and primitive, but it was a time
where we did get to relax and recharge ourselves and the kids had lots of
other friends to play with and explore (both in and out of the water). This
was only the second week we have taken off all year so it was definitely
Because of the elections here in Rwanda, voting is on Friday, we have
not gone out to the field much as everyone is busy and focused on the
elections. Right now I am hearing a rally happening somewhere in the
neighbourhood, it is surprising to see the passion people have here for
politics! We hope that from next week we can again start to head out to
the field and do the child health care nursing/training for Esme and Toby
recording stories to share what AEE as a whole is doing.
Till next time!
Please feel free to write to us!
We all had a lovely week off
We sold our car, not much
The puppies are growing big
and becoming good guard
We could afford the first
school fees for Zeb
The lend of a car for a few
weeks while our friends are
back in the USA
The work of AEE is
We continue to have food
The Rwandan election
We still are very short of
finances, please help
We can both get back out to
General health and well
As we start to look for a
house to move into, closer
to school and cheaper
God would continue to guide
out path, our feet and our
Please pray for Esme as
she is conducting a child
health training course in 2
weeks time for AEE
Nutrition staff and Field
God bless & love to chat!!!!
Raphael & Zebadiah
How are we going?
(red is bad, green is good, in between well somewhere between good and bad)
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