Support and empower women farmers in Rwanda to establish their own agriculture businesses
Ramifications of the civil war and genocide in the 1990s are still present in Rwanda today with a proliferation of households headed by women, many of whom are widows. Seventy-seven per cent of Rwandans live on less than 85p a day and women are amongst the most vulnerable in society as they are traditionally involved in low-paid, labour-intensive work.
With your support we aim to:
- Reduce poverty of very poor and vulnerable female farmers, by supporting them with training and technology to set up their own nurseries, and to access new credit and market opportunities;
- Raise women's status within their households and communities by supporting them to become leaders in the horticulture supply chain, and in turn, generate jobs for others;
- Increase investment in women's agricultural activities, by showcasing the vital role they play, and lobbying for policies that target the most vulnerable.
Who will benefit
Directly, more than 750 smallholder farmers, 80% of whom will be women, will benefit from the training in agricultural techniques and business skills, the strengthened links with buyers, and access to credit from micro-finance banks. Indirectly, over 9000 people will benefit from spin-off opportunities created by the project, including casual labour on smallholder farms, as well as from HIV and AIDS awareness-raising activities.