Women for Women International

In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.
Jun 24, 2009

2008 Afghanistan Report

Amplifying the voices of women in Afghanistan

May 13, 2009

CIFI Program launched in Rwanda

The Women for Women recently began a Commercially Integrated Farming Initiative (CIFI) in Rwanda. The CIFI program will train and enable women to grow and Market a variety of crops on community land that was formerly unused. The program will increase food security and nutritional variety for the farming women and their communities that traditionally rely on animal protein and limited varieties of vegetables.

CIFI began in Kayonza, with 40 hectares of land that have been leased for 45 years by Kayonza district authorities. The Mayor of the Kicukiro District, William Ntidendereza, was present at the opening ceremony, and he applauded the initiative.

CIFI is a cooperative income generation model that will not only increase local food production and bring down food prices, it will also decrease the demand for outside assistance by empowering women,” says Karen Sherman, Women for Women International Executive Director of Global Programs. “This initiative will put women in charge of the food chain and positively affect their families and communities.”

May 13, 2009

WWI Country Directors Brief Congress on Development Efforts

Country Directors and staff on Capitol Hill
Country Directors and staff on Capitol Hill

On February 3rd Women for Women International's Africa country directors briefed House Foreign Affairs Committee staff on program efforts to combat pervasive rural poverty and the global food crisis by training socially-excluded women in Africa on profitable, market-based farming techniques. As development policy begins to refocus its attention on agriculture, Women for Women practitioners attested to the importance of community-level development practices that empower women.

In Rwanda and Sudan, two countries where many are eating one meal per day or less, Women for Women is piloting a Commercial Integrated Farming Initiative that will link 6,000 women farmers to profitable markets so that they might feed their families and communities and earn an income. “Sudan lacks everything,” said country director Karak Mayik, “food especially. Food is another war for us. It is my hope that with CIFI we can go from dependence on food aid to having food to share.”

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