Ernest Mbonabuca is a 33-year-old young man who lives in Karusi, in Nyabikere commune. At the end of his studies, he was first unemployed for a while before being hired as a Key Activator for Auxfin Burundi. He then started farming bananas and other crops to meet his daily needs.
"It is in June 2017, that I got selected to be an Activator of AUXFIN in the GATONDE zone, one of the three zones of the NYABIKERE commune in the KARUSI province. My job was to supervise and monitor the activities of the G50s in the GATONDE Zone on the ground for two goals: SOCIAL INLUSION and FINANCIAL INCLUSION.
At the beginning, the work was hard for me, because I was directly confronted with the problems of group members, but also I was lacking in computer knowledge. However, as the Kirundi proverb says "AKAGUMYE BAGUMAKO" (it takes hard work on a difficult task), to accomplish my mission well, I was committed to fully understanding the problems of G50 members so that I can serve better.
Now, I am making good progress in mastering new technologies. AUXFIN gave me a lot of knowledge in IT, social inclusion and financial inclusion through its different applications that we use to mentor the members of the G50. »Says Ernest Mbonabuca.
In 2019, Ernest Mb. was promoted to the position of Super Activator of two zones of the NYABIKERE municipality: GATONDE and RUGWIZA. After this appointment, the pace of work accelerated to strengthen the G50 network in collaboration with Key Activators. It was after this that he was appointed to the post of Senior Super Activator of NYABIKERE commune at the end of 2020.
"Now, I am proud of the fruit of my efforts because AUXFIN BURUNDI has just appointed me to be the Master Activator of the NYABIKERE municipality from the beginning of July 2021." reveals Ernest Mbonabuca.
The farmers of NYABIKERE grouped in the G50 see their life conditions improving a lot thanks to the knowledge and the advantages that AUXFIN has provided for them through different applications. AUXFIN is gradually ejecting the mentality of rural populations who have long believed that they could not accomplish anything without humanitarian aid by teaching them to take charge of their own development through to the hard work of field agents.
Anatole Niyonsaba is currently a Master Activator in Kayanza Province. He shares his journey in serving his community through Auxfin Burundi.
“For me, in 2017, I was a farmer like others and I was chosen to supervise / follow the G50 in KAYANZA zone as a Key Activator. Now I am proud to teach all the rural population in the territory of the entire KAYANZA commune by facilitating access to financial and social services via N-ICASH. Recently, I have been promoted to the grade of Master Activator and it encourages me a lot because my efforts are being recognized. Ever since I have been serving in my community in G50s, I see a positive impact because previously, poor farmers did not have access to subsidized fertilizers because they were asked to buy a whole bag of 25 When the G50 arrived in Kayanza commune in 2017 under the coordination of AUXFIN BURUNDI, even farmers with small means can buy fertilizers by putting money together with other G50 members and ordering a few kilos to divide between themselves.”: says Anatole N.
Besides this, thanks to the various digital coaches contained in the Umva system, small producers are trained in many areas of life, which considerably improves their living conditions.
In short, Anatole N. affirms that now Kayanza communes, the G50 members are grateful for the impact of the network in their community.
Anatole at his beginning in Auxfin Burundi(Kayanza Province) as a Key Activator.