|Currency:||Rwanda Franc (RWF)|
|Exports:||Tea, Coffee and Hides|
|Commodities:||Plantain, Irish Potatoes and Cassava|
|Languages:||Kinyarwanda, French & English|
Our Work in Rwanda
When Africa Development Promise began our program in Bugesera District of Rwanda in 2014, the women’s cooperative was growing rain-fed crops in an open field. In prior years they had experienced tremendous losses due to the drought and erratic weather patterns plus they lacked access to training, improved seed, fertilizer and pest control solutions. As they struggled, the cooperative membership dwindled from the original 188 to 66 members.
Through partnerships with the local government and agri-businesses, Africa Development Promise has worked to train the women on agricultural best practices; facilitated the construction of two greenhouses; and implemented a multi-purpose water system. By connecting them with a local micro-finance bank the women secured a loan (which is now paid off) and successfully purchased additional land for expansion. Today, Africa Development Promise supports two women’s cooperatives and is mobilizing three additional – a total of 185 farmers impacting approximately 925 family members.
Building Stable and Sustainable Water Systems
Rwanda, also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, has a landscape that is very challenging for productive agriculture. With climate change related droughts, floods and water scarcity, rural farmers are becoming increasing vulnerable and less able to move out of poverty…
Supporting Home-Grown Economic Initiatives
In just one year Turwanye Inzara Mu Ngo Zuca Cooperative (aka Let us fight hunger in our household) made up of 42 women and 22 men, has made tremendous progress through greenhouse-grown tomato production….
Building a Sense of Place
Empowering rural women—the process of educating, training and developing their capacity both as individuals and/or institutions (cooperatives and partners). This is at the core Africa Development Promise’s mission and we are committed to seeing rural women reach their full potential as self-sufficient individuals…