Getting the women to be part of contributing their own finances towards purchasing seed plants and preparation of the community gardens, with the aim to help families displaced by civil unrest common in the Democratic Republic of Congo
What challenges did or does your project face?
The biggest challenge has been civil unrest in the area, causing constant fear and panic among the residents of the area. Some members involved in the community gardening fled to safety after some people were killed and a few houses in the nearby villages burnt down by un known assailants.
How are you working to overcome them?
We are working with the local church leaders to encourage populations to get involved in activities/initiatives that break tribal barriers and foster healthy relationships among the villagers. One such initiative is the Savings and Credit Scheme were members plan for and manage their own scheme. We believe that the empowerment of women in this community will go a long way in facilitating peace in the area. The women's community gardening is one initiative meant to get women involved in growing vegetables for their households, their community and to support families displaced by war.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
Make people feel the ownership of an initiative, and they are willing to make many sacrifices, and even invest their own finances (however small), towards the success and sustainability of their initiative.