CANKUZO January 28th (ABP) – The Association for the Fight against Poverty (ALCP Urumuri) launched, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, the socio-economic empowerment project for rural women through income-generating activities, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
Initiated in 2008, that association has highlighted its intervention in the environment, agriculture and livestock sector.
The representative of that association and a native of Cankuzo province (eastern Burundi), Mr. Emmanuel Ntahongendera, indicated that women are underestimated or underestimate themselves in development. He added that sustainable development at the family level is impossible if the woman is not involved.
In its project to support the empowerment of rural women through income-generating activities, at least 2 model cooperatives that will benefit from training in pig breeding and the strengthening of their capacity in sewing will be created. In addition, these cooperatives will be equipped with 47 sewing machines and 90 piglets in order to receive money but also for soil fertilization, according to the representative of this association. He pointed out that a chain of community solidarity will be carried out so that all these 270 identified women will benefit from pigs.
He also said that they will intervene in the fight against Covid-19 by distributing buckets and soaps in schools where there are none.
In relation to the sustainability of the project, Mr. Ntahongendera indicated that the objective is to support rural women in sustainable development. Therefore, a sewing equipment maintenance agent and a veterinarian will be available for monitoring the project after its execution, he said.
That project came as a remedy to the various problems hampering rural women in integrated development, said the adviser to the governor in charge of legal affairs, Mr. Silas Nimbona. He indicated that the lack of women’s cooperatives in Cankuzo province is that women focus much more on agro-pastoral activities as a source of income for their families. He pointed out that family development is impossible until it begins within themselves.
The governor’s advisor then called on them to self-create cooperatives that will allow them to receive loans from the Women’s Bank which will soon be open to them.
He welcomed the initiative of this association and took the opportunity to call on other organizations to follow suit.
Note that this project will be implemented in Kigamba commune in 3 villages namely Rusagara, Kivumu and Nyarurambi.