Savings, loans and paper bags - and 3 ways you can help us
April 1, 2017
Since it was established in 2015, Kaz’O’zah Keza has operated almost entirely in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. The security situation in Burundi, and the obvious need of the urban poor in Bujumbura meant that it was both difficult and necessary to focus attention on training artisans from the capital.
However, the political climate in Burundi has now settled somewhat, and Kaz’O’zah now has the capacity to expand the reach of its beneficiaries. So, in March this year, Kaz’O’zah travelled to Maramvya in the Bujumbura Rural province to conduct non-vocational training in saving, investment and loans.
The training was designed to train a group of over 20 locals on the benefits of savings and loan schemes and to provide training in paper bag making and, importantly, to link trainees with potential markets.
This is in keeping with Kaz’O’zah’s approach of not only training but supporting trainees.
The training ranged over 4 days and focused on important non-vocational skills in savings, loans and using money, that will be crucial for the trainees to run and sustain their own businesses. The next stage of training will occur at the beginning of April, where trainees will be trained in vocational skills to make paper bags. Kaz’O’zah Art, the Kaz’O’zah social enterprise, has sourced a large customer for the paper bags made by the trainees – Café Gourmand – the artisanal bakery in Bujumbura.
An important shift was noted among the trainees after the training, and it something that Kaz’O’zah has observed many times before. Once equipped with knowledge and useful skills, the trainees showed a confidence that they could use these new knowledge and skills to start working, saving and improving the incomes of their families.
Do you want to help support the work that Kaz'O'zah Keza is doing? Of course you do! To make it easy for you, here is how:
Be a Kaz'O'zah Crusader and Donate - make a donation. For those in the U.S., this is tax deductible.
Just $60 pays for a young Burundian to learn how to run a business or form a cooperative.
$100 pays for a young person to learn a vocational trade, equipping them with skills that will give them the chance to escape poverty.
$200 buys a sewing machine that can be used by several artisans and support a whole business.
Become a Kaz'O'zah Connector and follow or like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We are always looking for new partners and volunteers. Interested in giving hands on assistance to artisans in Burundi (and soon in Uganda)? Connect with us to find out how you can help.
Treat yourself and become a Kaz'O'zah Customer - Purchase from our website, Facebook or in store in Bujumbura.
Artisans who have gone through our training produce beautiful contemporary designed fashion, jewellery and home decor using traditional techniques and locally sourced products. You can get your very own!