Blog from the Field: RWANDA

By Jean Nicholson Vincent picked us up on Monday morning and I had the opportunity to join the workshop attended by the majority of the co-op members (and a few babies) at the Hilton Hotel in the Bugesera District. Jean Paul, a consultant, facilitated the training that included information on cooperative structure and governance. As the training was conducted in …

Blog from the field: Uganda

By Jean Nicholson I’m surprised by the striking difference between Kigali and Kampala.  Kigali feels like your “play by the rules, mow the lawn every Saturday at 10:00” neighbor and Kampala is that “to heck with the rules, is the party still going?!” neighbor on the other side. As I set out, I am eager to see if this spirit …

Meet a Member: President Deborah Serukeera

When Deborah Serukeera saw her community in Kifumbiro village (Uganda) struggling to make ends meet, she knew she had to do something. Co-ops, something Deborah knew were common in the 1990s, seemed like the best way for the community as a whole to develop, by pooling limited resources and slowly building toward profit. Deborah is in a unique position to …

International Day of Rural Women  

Every year on October 15th, The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women recognizes the many contributions that women make in rural areas and the challenges they face.  Women are the backbone of rural communities and make up about 43% of the agricultural labor force in developing countries.  In Africa, women farmers who mainly practice subsistence farming make up about …

What  is  Subsistence  Farming?

And Why isn’t it working? ​What it is: Subsistence farming or smallholder agriculture is when one family grows only enough to feed themselves. There is not usually much harvest to sell or trade, and what surplus there is tends to be stored to last the family until the next harvest. This is the most widely used method of agricultural farming …

Exciting News!

Africa Development Promise is officially a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization! We have recently received our official certification. This means that any contributions made to Africa Development Promise are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We give our thanks to Africa Agenda for being our fiscal sponsor during this initial period.  ]]>

Why Use Cooperatives?

Cooperatives are extremely advantageous to low income and highly motivated individuals. Reductions in selling prices and operating expenses allow cooperatives to start up in impoverished areas of other countries. Such models are designed to directly benefit the employees, who own a stake in the company they work for. This directly incentivizes workers to work harder since they will profit from the fruits of their …