This project will create a farming co-operative of AIDS widows and orphans or child headed families from Bova village of the Fako district to provide them with economic sustainability by giving them life skills, capital assistance, a start-up fund. The initial target group of 50 widows will receive 125 pigs (roughly 5 pigs for every two women) to raise and breed, 50 well ventilated pig pens will be built at their back yards to host atleast 5 piglets, feed and veteribary assistance for 6 months.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In Cameroon, when a woman's husband dies, all of his belongings go directly to his surviving family regardless, of whether he had children. This is because women and children are regarded as property. They are forced out of their homes & businesses by the family of their deceased husbands, leaving them with nothing of their own--without protection from the law of the country. HIV prevalence is at its height in this area because of common traditional practices as a result many widows and orphans
How will this project solve this problem?
Nest of Hope recognizes that to achieve food security and spur economic development, women farmers must be at the center of all efforts to substantially. We will purchases pregnant sows and give them to the widows, pen, and 4 months of feed & veterinary medicine are supplied. This business will generate enough money to help the widows to be self-sufficient and provide for their children. When the sow has piglets the widow is to donate one piglet to another widow so the piglet can be raised.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project hopes to increase the number of training in various villages, aimed at animal husbandry; finance a model farm and teach the widows on-the-job how to keep the animals; support the cooperative with materials, like a refrigerator, a cooler flask, a freezer for the slaughterhouse, a grinding machine and a feed mixer; build a small scale feed mill etc...70% of the profits generated will be shared amongst the members and 30% plough back into the project for its sustainability.
Total Funding Received to Date: $0
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $15,170
Total Funding Goal: $15,170