After the success of our first sustainable agriculture project in Rwanda, we have decided to extend funding to the rest of the village.
Nyasibindu village has 174 households. Our first project supported 82 of these households to launch sustainable agriculture projects. This project will support the remaining 92 households in Nyabisindu.
Each family will be provided with expert training in agricultural practice, animal husbandry, finance and saving, which will be organised and carried out by our partners Dufatanye Organization.
Once the training is complete, the organisation will provide each family with 10 banana trees, 2 fruit trees, 2 laying hens, vegetable seeds, and fertiliser - which will provide a sustainable method for them to combat malnutrition and diseases associated with hunger.
Nyabisindu village is located in the Nyanza district and is 6 kilometres from Nyanza town. Within the Nyanza district, the poverty rate is reported as 17.6%, but reality shows that poverty is much in higher villages like Nyabisindu. Along with the high poverty rate, there is much hunger, malnutrition and illiteracy affecting 98% of the village households. The families are predominantly made up of women (up to 90% of the village) who are genocide survivors. The families living in the villages are unable to provide for their daily basic needs. Many make less than $0-$15 a month to live on.
We, alongside Dufatanye Organisation, will provide the remaining 92 households in Nyabisindu village with the training and tools to produce and sustain a balanced diet, as well as financial training to ensure they are well equipped to create an income with any surplus produce.
Continuous training will be provided to the households to ensure long term sustainability of the project. Dufatanye staff members will visit the communities roughly every 2 weeks to provide additional training and support.
This project will sustainably and positively transform the lives of 92 families and 579 individuals by enabling a constant food supply.
Families will learn how to save and produce an income for the first time by selling the surplus produce from their fruit trees, banana trees and laying hens. This income will be used to send children to school and fund other needs community members have, thus creating a path to long-term sustainability, resilience and growth.
Dufatanye's staff made a field visit to Nyabisindu to check in on the villagers and the banana trees that were planted.
They conducted a small-scale experiment to see how resilient banana trees would be in drought conditions with a sample size of 16 families. 5 families had only one surviving plant, 6 families had two surviving plants and the remaining 5 families had 3 surviving plants.
There is an early drought that is affecting the villagers in Nyabisindu. We are working with Dufatanye to figure out the best approach going forward.
We are discussing potentially planting some banana trees now since they will have the least loss and planting fruit trees and vegetables in September when it rains.
I'll provide a further update when I have one.
Our partners Dufatanye have provided training to the villagers in Nyabisindu Village on planting bananas. Due to the early drought, Dufatanye is working with the villagers to plant half the banana trees now and the rest of the trees in September in time for the rainy season. Villagers had the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice relating to the unexpected drought they are experiencing.
We're excited to be working on another sustainable agriculture project with Dufatanye.
Godfrey, our contact at Dufatanye and project lead on the ground, has confirmed that they have received funds and will shortly be commencing work on this project.