SOLIDARITE ET COOPERATION POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT INTEGRAL DES FEMMES ET ENFANTS
(SOLIDARITY AND COOPERATION FOR THE INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN)
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Success of Women and Children’s Initiatives
12 August 2022
SOCOODEIFE still acts in rural areas in the South Kivu region, in the Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo by supporting its cooperatives and other social initiatives.
With its support from its own resources and the contribution of its loyal members, 184 jobs (including 67 permanent) have been created since the start of the program.
SOCOODEIFE 's partners are its members who also lead in the important advocacy and awareness-raising work to ensure that policies are more favorable to family farming. SOCOODEIFE also supports 27 health mutuals communities, accompanied by WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION FOR FIGHTING POVERTY AND SEARCHING FOR RIGHTS (OFECORE) in the 5 sectors of South Kivu, celées of NGANJA, MUTAMBALA, LULENGE, TANGANYIKA and ITOMBWE, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The environment in which mutuals operate remains difficult. COOPERATIVE FOR THE SUSTAINABLE PROMOTION OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN DIFFICULTY (COOPDFED), even if it offers poor quality services, is maintained by the State and continues to compete with mutuals. Nonetheless, they succeeded through awareness-raising and community anchoring actions, to increase their workforce by 35% in 2021.
OF LEAH BRIGITE TOBONGYE
I am a farmer and a member of the cooperative ACTION DES FEMMES AGAINST HUNGER AND DEVELOPMENT (AFCD).
With SOCOODEIFE, I undertook integrated agriculture and livestock projects and then I saved 30,000 francs Burundian to start a bakery.
At the beginning, I had a lot of worries: during baking, the oven became too hot and calcined the loaves. I talked about my problem with SOCOODEIFE who trained me to improve the quality of the bread and granted funding of 400,000 Burundian francs with which I was able to build a modern oven, buy a bicycle for transporting bread and 50kg of wheat flour.
Today I earn enough to pay rent and wages of my four employees.
Youths Learn Planting RiCE Skills
Through Socoodeife Funded Project
A total of 300 youths participated in a rice-planting skills enhancement project spearheaded and funded by Socoodeife in Ruzizi Plain in the village of Kiliba, Democratic Republicof Congo. This project was conducted from November 2021 to April 2022.
The participating youths were taught basic knowledge and skills in planting rice – one of the staple crops in this region.
The participants were composed of two groups. One group is made up of 130 students between the ages of 17 to 21 and the other group is made up of 170 students between the ages of 19 to 24.
The objective is to help these students to learn and apply appropriate agricultural techniques and methods to maximize crop yield. This project also aims to generate food to help the elderly who live in the area and care for orphans.
The project was coordinated and facilitated by Socoodeife member Omari Wilondja Lous.
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