This project will provide 2 healthy piglets, a 3 metered square pig pen, 4 months of feed and veterinary medicine to widows in Cameroon who are subjected to poverty after the death of their husbands due to negative traditional widowhood practices.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Widows are one of the most vulnerable groups in the African community. In some urban & rural areas of Cameroon, 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. Many couples get married in traditional weddings, without a marriage certificate, leaving no legal recourse. They are drained to poverty & aren't able to provide education or healthcare for their children.
How will this project solve this problem?
With NCIG's strong ties to local communities, we identify widows & help them organize into groups. We then provide training to the women on pig farming management & marketing on how to effectively sell pigs. 2 piglets, a pen, and 4 months of feed & veterinary medicine are supplied. By empowering them, these widows can be self sustainable and live a better life by providing for themselves and their children's basic necessities. In addition, they also inspire other widows and lead by example.
Potential Long Term Impact
The pig farming project will impact as many widows as possible in many aspects of life. As part of the process, the women are required to buy more piglets after sale of the first round.They will be able to invest profits in other businesses, provide further education for their children, good health care & other basic necessities. These activities help prevent their children from engaging in illicit activities, crime or vandalism in the case of academic failure-thus also impacting the community.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,466
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,034
Total Funding Goal: $7,500