BERUDA will supply training in the raising, care, and business of chicken production for impoverished women of the Kom community, located in the Boyo division of Cameroon. This project aims to help widows and uneducated women with few options to generate income. We will provide chickens and the necessary equipment as start-up capital for their self-employed chicken business. This is a sustainable way of generating income for themselves and the family's they are trying desperately to support.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Women of Kom are faced with poverty, induced by the lack of education leading to financial dependence. In the past, the women were prepared for marriage instead of attending school. Without education jobs are scarce, meaning they depend solely on their husbands for financial and social support. Traditionally women are not allowed to own property. The Kom system is set up so that when a woman is widowed her brother-in-law gains control of the land, leaving herself and family vulnerable.
How will this project solve this problem?
This will provide financial means for women to take care of their family's basic needs on their own. Creating a way for them to feed, educate, and cloth their children. This is also an environmental friendly way of generating income, as opposed to depleting their village's natural resources. Finally this will encourage women to enroll in adult literacy classes to enhance their livelihoods.
Potential Long Term Impact
Women of the Kom community will be empowered to live independently, able to financially support their family's needs for years to come. Their children will be brought up in homes of equal opportunity. In addition, minimizing natural resource degradation and increasing literacy in women.
Total Funding Received to Date: $650
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,690
Total Funding Goal: $3,340