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Rwanda: Growing futures

Farmer Annonciata Mukamana, 26, with her one year old son Patience, watering pineapple cuttings with help from facilitator, Daphrose Nyirankundabanyanga.

Funding target: £150,000

Year 2 of a 2 year project
75% of the population of Rwanda live in poverty. Most people are employed in farming, but the lowest paid activities are carried out by women. With your support, we will provide sustainable livelihoods for hundreds of very poor and vulnerable women.

About the project

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.

How we are helping

Mercianne's story

 Thanks to the project, I have received agricultural and business training as well as a bank loan that has enabled me to develop a successful pineapple business. My husband admires me a lot. We complement each other and work together, but it's me who has put the time and energy into our business and he recognises that.

Mercianne Uwamwez, a farmer from Nyagatare village, Matimba, has received extensive training from this project, which has enabled her to develop into a successful farmer and entrepreneur. Mercianne was amongst the first farmers to gain access to credit through a micro-finance bank and, after successfully paying back her first loan, she has now taken out a second loan to further expand her business.

Photo: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.21MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards improving women's livelihoods in Rwanda by supporting them to establish their own horticulture businesses. Get in touch to find out how you can help.


Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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