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Supports vulnerable families towards economic and social self-sufficiency simultaneously addressing the drivers of poverty while strengthening their income capacity in order to break the circle of poverty.
While Rwanda has made progress in both human and economic development since the 1994 civil war and resulting genocide, there is still a long way to go. Today more tan ever with the impact of the coronavirus economical crisis, many improvements are still needed in key areas such as infant mortality, maternal health, education and most notably the reduction of extreme poverty. In addition to the impact of the genocide, Rwanda has been severely affected by the AIDS virus, resulting in one of the highest proportions of orphans in the world. Presently, more than half of the population of Rwanda live below the poverty line.
The country's economy is fragile, constant fluctuation of international market prices and extreme weather conditions. Today, Rwanda's main challenge is to find new sources of sustainable growth and survive the impact of COVID-19.
Since 1994, Community Development Programs aimed at supporting people out of poverty have been in place in Rwanda; however, many challenges remain today. Our integrated approach provides a single response to the multidimensional causes of poverty, by simultaneously addressing five predominant drivers: lack of nutrition, health, education, housing and income.
We provide families access to a comprehensive package of services to lift them out of poverty. Through our program, families can establish their own income generating activity (for example a microenterprise), and are given access to an initial grant, food, skills training, frequent coaching, group support, health care, proper housing and education for their children.
Our goal is for families to be able to provide for their daily needs and become both socially and economically self-sufficient. In our program, families receive support over a period of three years, during which time they are able to gradually earn enough income to meet their daily needs.
Today, approximately 1,400 people (200 families) from the Muhanga and Rubavu district directly benefit from our program. Many more from the surrounding communities are also positively impacted as a result.
With your support, we will ensure that some of the poorest families of Rwanda are able to sustainably and independently get out of extreme poverty during one of the most difficult times of history, therefore generating a snow ball effect for generations to come.
Partners : FXB Rwanda