This project will provide 20 agricultural co-operatives, a total of around 1,200 individuals, the infrastructure, equipment and skills to grow and sell mushrooms. Helping people of Easter Rwandan, the project will raise the incomes of the cooperative members, reduce poverty and a bring to a halt the required sale of land currently funding the medical expenses of those affected by HIV/AIDS.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
A legacy of the 1994 Genocide, the affects of HIV and AIDS has forced poor families living in Nyagatare district in the eastern province of Rwanda to sell off their land in order to pay for their medical expenses, leaving women and children particularly exposed to poverty. The cost of health care creates a vicious circle: the affected individuals resorting to the sale of their land in order to raise funds reduces their potential to grow crops and raise an income in the future.
How will this project solve this problem?
RDO will introduce mushroom farming to 20 cooperative members, a total of 1,200 individuals. Mushroom production is cost-effective, requires small space and uses limited fertilizers. This has the potential to create jobs, income and provide food. Funds are needed for the initial investment to put in place the infrastructure, equipment and skills to grow and sell mushrooms. Once in place, the produce will raise the incomes of the cooperative members, reducing the need for repeat investment.
Potential Long Term Impact
The initial investment is a one-off requirement. Once the infrastructure is in place, and training carried out, the project will become self-sufficient. The crops will provide the necessary seeds to commence the following is maintained. The additional income will help maintain the long term health of the affected individuals and, in tandem with other projects, reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.