"There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole - women and men alike - than the one which involves women as central players.” – Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Today as we celebrate the International Day of Rural Women, we want to highlight our work with the Koperative Ingabo Ikingira Ubukene (aka Shield of the Property Cooperative) in Eastern Rwanda. The 66 women we work with in this cooperative are poised to become the next generation of business and community leaders. This group of women is determined to build a better life for themselves, their children and the community. They understand that the cooperative model of enterprise gives them voice, improves their bargaining power, and provides better access to agricultural supplies, services and markets, leading to greater sustainability.
Our role at Africa Development Promise is to facilitate the process of building professional, well-managed agricultural cooperatives by providing the training and skills. Working with local Business Development Service Consultants and agronomists we train cooperatives on governance, leadership, operational management, developing growth strategies, business plans and technical support. We are proud to work with this group of enterprising women.
Africa Development Promise is a nonprofit humanitarian organization founded by Monica LaBiche Brown whose mission is to stimulate economic activity by building strong, well-managed, and profitable agricultural cooperatives that strengthen local economies to achieve long-term positive outcomes. We are committed to the cooperative-enterprise model that is democratically owned and controlled and provides benefit to its members and the greater community. For more information visit our website at www.africadevelopmentpromise.org.