Ruheru POWER beneficiaries supported with small livestock to improve their living conditions

48 women smallholder farmers benefiting from Promoting Opportunities for Women Empowerment and Rights (POWER) project in Ruheru sector of Nyaruguru district in Southern Province have been provided with small livestock to help them improve their living conditions.

Animals provided to them are 28 Pigs and 20 Goats and the provision of these small livestock is expected to improve living conditions of families of women small holder farmers and to increase fertility of their cultivating lands.

The distribution of livestock took place on April 09, 2017 and attracted Ruheru sector’s Executive Secretary, Veterinary are local leaders who participated in this activity.

Before the distribution, beneficiaries have been trained by veterinary on animal diseases control and diseases prevention to ensure safety of livestock.

“Before I had a chance to join the group, I was not aware of the advantages of linking up with others, I never knew that I could meet people who could become like my family and know my problems, I used to live alone in my misery and keep all my problems in my heart, now I joined the group and now I have received a pig. My wish was always to have a domestic animal but failed because of means, am so thankful” Nyiramfasha Edith said, adding that the animal will help her upgrade her economic status and improve her soil fertility with manure.

Beneficiaries who received Pigs and Goats will be sharing off-springs with their fellow group members on rotating basis. Beneficiaries wish to have at least one cattle shared by all per group members in order to increase their agricultural production through massive manure collection.

All animals provided were tested and approved by sector and POWER project technicians to be in a good health condition. The checking list was made of Ruheru Sector veterinary, POWER Project Officer/ Ruheru with suppliers.

POWER Project seeks to improve livelihood of small holder farmers by teaching them upgrading of agricultural production through practice of sustainable agriculture and training them on their rights and reduction, redistribution and recognition of Unpaid Care Work (UCW).

The project is implemented in five districts of the country namely Nyanza, Musanze, Karongi, Gisagara and Nyaruguru with partnership of Action Aid Rwanda (AAR) and Rwandan Local NGOs including Faith Victory Association (FVA). FVA is implementing the project in Nyanza, Musanze and Nyaruguru (Ruheru).

This provision of animals follows distribution of cows to 155 cows distributed to women from Nyanza, Musanze and Ruheru.

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