Gender-based risks and vulnerabilities inhibit girls and young women from achieving their aspirations and potential.
Some of these risks include early marriages, teen pregnancies, and sexual and gender-based violence. To address these, we invest in the socio-economic empowerment of girls and young women by integrating them into income-generating projects like horticulture, tailoring, livestock rearing, etc. With this, we contribute to the exiting government efforts of gender equality.
We have supported 200 less privileged teen mothers in the Rwamagana district and 300 women from vulnerable families in the Gatsibo district to start their own initiatives in a bid to improve their livelihoods. We have organized them into Self Help Groups/Savings and Credit Schemes, under which they are trained to save and invest, given capital incentives to start income-generating projects, and facilitated to access financial services & market for their produce/products.
These interventions have improved their livelihoods, their families, and their communities, which has eventually increased their participation in local governance processes and will ultimately increase their contribution to the growth and sustainable development of the county.