WHERE WE WORK
Currency: Rwanda Franc (RWF)
Population: 11.2 million
Main Exports: Tea, Coffee and Hides
Main Food and Agriculture Commodities: Plantain, Irish Potatoes and Cassava
Official languages: Kinyarwanda, French, & English
Rwanda is a small landlocked country in east-central Africa with one of the densest population on the continent. It is also one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economies in Africa despite the lack of any significant mineral resources within its boundaries. Although the country has emerged from the 1994 genocide, it still remains severely under-developed in the rural areas. Agriculture is the backbone of the economy and in 2012 accounted for more than 33% of the economy. The sector employs more than 85% of the population consisting of 1.4 million farming families with a significant percent of female headed households. The Rwandan government is keen to address the issue of rural poverty and sees cooperatives as a vehicle to create employment and expand access to income-generating activities.
Currency: Ugandan Shilling
Population: 36.3 million
Main Exports: Tea, Cotton, Tobacco and Sugar
Main Food and Agriculture Commodities: Plantains, Cassava, Potatoes, Sorghum, Corn, and Groundnuts
Official Languages: English and Swahili
Uganda is a landlocked country that shares its borders with Kenya, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which is also bordered by Kenya and Tanzania. Like Kenya, agriculture and tourism are the two largest sectors of foreign revenue. For decades, Uganda's economy suffered from devastating economic and political instability, leaving Uganda as one of the world's poorest countries. The economic reforms of the 1990s have brought solid economic growth to the country because of the continued investment in infrastructure, improved incentives for production and exports, lower inflation, and better domestic security.