Despite hardships on this tiny island, the population of Gihaya island is very resilient, ready to face any challenge head on and with the utmost courage. Some examples of this resilience are women known as Bakareremba Women Cooperative. Daily, they wake up at 5:00am, ride their boats into the lake towards fishers from whom they buy a few Kg of Sambaza (small fish common in Lake Kivu) that they sell at fish markets.

Though the daily profit of Bakareremba ranges from only $1-5 per person, it makes a living. For the last 5 years, Emeraude Kivu Resort has organised visits to this women cooperative to watch their ride on Lake Kivu and how they wave baskets sold at the resort.

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