Defense Minister, General James Kabarebe, has inaugurated Buhimba model village in Nyundo Sector, Rubavu District.
The village accommodates 48 families, and has space for domestic animals, a hospital and school. It took Rwf1.2 billion to complete.
Gen. Kabarebe commended the country for positive programs intended to uplift Rwandans.
He urged the residents in the model village, which has transformed the lives of those who live in it, to protect it because it is theirs.
Ancilla Nyirabarahira, 64, who has been given an abode in this model village, extended gratitude to President Kagame who put an end to her plight because she used to live by constantly changing locations, with a beddings on her head .
“We are going to live in beautiful houses near a hospital and schools where our children study. He also gave us cows, so we have started developing ourselves,” she said.
Rwanda wants to have at least 70% of Rwandans in rural areas to be living in planned settlements by the year 2020, with each village having access to all necessary amenities. The current rate is about 56%.
The government is setting aside planned settlement sites in different parts of the country and investing in the building of ‘model villages’ as part of the latest efforts to modernize rural settlements.
Model villages will help the country use its scarce land resources more efficiently through land consolidation for higher yields from arable land, while also championing improved housing.