Nyagatare is now home to a cottage industry training center. The center was launched by Assist-Rwanda, a non- profit organization that works to improve lives of the most disadvantaged youth in Rwanda.
The project funded by the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) through the Skills Development Fund (SDF) currently conducting a 3 month training for 117 youth of different categories.
The skills being imparted include; making liquid soap, bar soap, shampoo, Jik , wood preservatives, candles, petroleum jelly, liquid hand jelly, chalk, paint, hair conditioner, shoe polish, among other products.
Assist Rwanda received a grant worth over 40 million Rwandan francs in the first round of the Skills Development Fund (SDF) grants awarded by the World Bank through WDA, to enable the implementation of TVET.
Livingstone Byandaga the SDF program manager urged trainees to master the skills passed on here with a great ambition to share them and compete at the regional labour market.
He further told them to think of other innovations related to producing raw materials for the products they make instead of importing them regularly.
Jenny Kansiime, a trainee and a final year student of Finance at Umutara Polytechnic said that she decided to join this training center because she wants to become a job after completing her studies.
Speaking on behalf of other trainees, she noted the existence of a big rate of unemployment in Rwanda, a reason why young people should greatly be involved in technical and vocational training.
According to the Chairman of Assist-Rwanda Emmanuel Shamakokera, trainees are also provided with skills on how to make cooperatives and will also acquire start-up capital to help in the implementation of their skills.
“From these trainees, we are striving hard to develop trainers who will pass on skills to the whole country”, added Shamakokera.
As a way of managing the increasing number of trainees, Assist-Rwanda is constructing a Youth Employment and Children Sharing Centre in Nyagatare.