DUTERIMBERE ONG in partnership with Oxfam supports her project beneficiaries to participate in Muhanga District open day event where farmers exhibit their horticulture produces and are linked with markets. This event is also an opportunity for showcasing the project’s successful models to other stakeholders in the same sector. This initiative is under climate resilience and food security for women economic empowerment.
Merciana UWAMWEZI is a woman entrepreneur who owns a company (Natural fruits drier) in Nyagatare District that DUTERIMBERE ONG is proud to have support from the grassroots and is progressing well. This woman entrepreneur started with the project of pineapple multiplication and gradually started pineapple farming way back in 2012. The project, under funding from Oxfam and implemented by Duterimbere ONG supported this woman to start pineapple drying using solar energy (Plastic driers). The journey has today seen this courageous entrepreneurial woman get a bigger drier that uses Gas to continue her business of pineapple drying and as well producing pineapple juice and wine.
Duterimbere ONG in partnership with Oxfam support farmer cooperatives in establishing demonstration farms of fruits and vegetables. The main objective of this activity is to produce quality and quantity of the vegetables and fruits as well as being a learning point/field for the rest of the farmers. The farms are established and farmers are given advisory extension services throughout the engagement in order to be used at their full potential. Each model farm at least has a 2 ha fruit/vegetable garden well maintained with all required inputs (organic manure,
DUTERIMBERE ONG was honored to host Oxfam Ireland Board of Trustees on 19th June 2017 at our offices and thereafter on 20th June 2017, the guests were led to the field in Muhanga, Rulindo and Gakenke District to meet beneficiaries and Local Government authorities in the respective Districts.
It was all exciting to interact with the beneficiaries and see what they have achieved in the name of improved livelihoods. The testimonies from individual members and the other actors in the horticulture value chain was so impressive. The recommendations from the Guest team to both beneficiaries and the Partner were much appreciated.
Our efforts will continue in empowering rural women economically. we shall always acknowledge the support both technical and financial from Oxfam and other Donors in realizing our dreams in rural development and the visible role of women.
Cheers to our Donors for your passion in ensuring development especially among needy communities
Project community facilitators have played a great role in engaging women to fully participate in Income generating activities especially through production and sell of Horticulture planting materials. These Volunteers organize and give basic trainings to beneficiaries and work hand in hand with local authorities to deliver the project objectives. The community facilitators obtain full knowledge of the project through the Training of Trainees (TOT) that is conducted prior to activity implementations and by competent facilitators.
The communities have confidence in the volunteers and the project staff monitors them from time to time for support and identifications of any gaps for immediate checks.
Women own and appreciate Technology in Agriculture. Impressive on how rural women in Rwanda are recognized as producers, suppliers/traders and facilitators of horticulture planting materials in Rwanda.
Establishing Poor Women’s Economic Leadership in
Rwanda’s Horticulture Value Chain
Through Women as the lead suppliers of planting material in the country
The Rwandan rural setting is characterized by extreme land scarcity (average 0.7ha/hh) and limited diversification.