With the EMMO program Vulnerable households have developed additional sources of income through the mobilization of savings and access to credit.
Empowerment in a moving world or EMMo in acronym, is a program initiated by Caritas international Belgium in collaboration with Caritas Rwanda, the Caritas of the Dioceses of Byumba and Kigali and funded by the Belgian Ministry of Cooperation, Directorate General of Cooperation to Development – DGD in acronym.
It is a five-year program (5 years, from 2017-2021) which contributes to improving the food and nutritional security of vulnerable households (category 1 & 2 Ubudehe), by addressing the 4 dimensions of food security (stability, availability and access, as well as use) and by working with basic institutions which in turn are strengthened socially and economically.
The objective of the program is to transform ‘vulnerable peasant households (MV)’ into self-sufficient households ensuring the food security of their members through the increase and diversification of its production as well as their sources of agricultural income and not agricultural.
The program is located in the districts of GAKENKE (Muhondo and Rushashi Sectors) and NYAGATARE (Gatunda and Tabagwe Sectors) and targets 4000 vulnerable households. EMMo’s approach to achieving its goal is to strengthen the capacities of the vulnerable household as a group because there is strength in unity.
Thus, the Vulnerable Households were grouped into Farmer Field Learning Schools (FFLS), savings and credit groups (GEC) as well as pre-cooperatives (market gardening and beekeeping) to facilitate access to various services and Capacity Building.
The supervision of these different groups has been made much more effective and efficient through relays, in particular the contact farmers (PC), in charge of the supervision of 20 households and the relay farmers (PR) in charge of supervision. of 10 Contact Farmers.
The EMMo program has contributed to the self-promotion of the target populations through the implementation of income-generating activities and we have chosen to share with you this testimony from a beneficiary from the District of Gakenke who was able to build a dwelling house. thanks to membership in a savings and credit group (GEC):
This is MUKAGASANA Marie Jeanne, Rwankuba Parish, Gakenke District, Rushashi Sector, Rwankuba Cell, Ngambi Village, who claims that she became rich in such a short time. Indeed, from a credit received from her GEC TWIZERANE of 20,000Frw in 2018, she launched a mixed breeding and a hen trade (local and improved, laying and meat). She continued to sell chickens, eggs and manure and before covid-19 was able to buy a mill and build a new house.
Despite losses due to cauvid-19 (lack of market for eggs and spent hens), its breeding still persists and currently has 1,500 future laying hens.