Together with her mother, Justine Uwimana founded the Upendo group in Kyangwali. With the help and advice of Caritas International, the group was able to start a cooperative business. Justine and her mother started with farming and making baby clothes. Since then, Upendo has grown to a group of about 30 members, all of whom are of Congolese origin.
Caritas provided training, work kits and support, which now enable members to grow aubergines, cassava and cabbage, and to plant guava and mango trees. Thanks to an innovative system and despite the drought, they are also able to grow mushrooms, of which wine production could follow.