Educate 500 On Women's Property Rights in Rwanda

Mar 25, 2014

20 Women Join Land Circle Groups

Dear Friends: 

We are pleased to provide you with a final update on APROFER.  Though this Venture's profile will be retired through Global Giving, it will continue to work to prevent violence against women specifically relating to the issue of property ownership. APROFER also remains focused on the issue women face in their households when they have no right to speak out about family issues and/or control of their family finances.

Currently the team reports that they faced two obstacles described below but nevertheless continue to make progress on their mission.

In their words, " we are running a workshop and public talk on violence with community members. We have helped 30 couples so far since last year, and 20 of them have decided to join land circles groups.  We always meet every the other week. We have a group of 21 women who formed a project that produce cheese. We have a promise of a fund that will help our project to keep running, however, we had a challenge of not given a standard of certificate to be able to supply our cheeses at the markets. That fund is still in process but once we got it will enable us to proceed with certificate and rehabilitate our center.  At the end, we want to recruit more members to expand our business project." 

The team members also reported that they visited the youth couples that they trained from previous training workshops and 4 couples are acting as good example in their communities.

The group reports that their achievements have been hampered not only by the certification issue for their cheese but also by challenges they have faced with their car. They are trying to raise money so that transportation no longer creates an obstacle to their progress.

To those of you who have provided financial support for this group's work, thank you so much. It has made a significant difference.  In spite of the obstacles they have faced ithey continue to implement impressive work in their community.  They will plan to focus on finding sustainable financial solutions that will help them to continue their work of reducing violence in their communities. 




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Project Leader

Gretchen Wallace

President and Founder
Hanover, New Hampshire United States

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