We are disappointed to report that Josephine has suffered an injury that prevents her from proceeding with the planned egg business at this time. She, her daughter, and we all hope that in time this project will be able to move forward as planned, but that is uncertain at this point. As you may recall, we have alread disbursed partial funding to get this project going, but we will not disburse any additional funds until the situation has materially improved. We will hold the funds to support the egg business should Josephine be able to take it on, otherwise we will keep the funds in reserve for any unplanned emergency needs that were not budgeted for.
It is always disappointing to have a project that does not come to fruition as planned, but that is the reality in Rwanda as it is everywhere.
We thank you for your continued faith in us to choose projects wisely and to make sound decisions about when to hold additional funding.
Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we fully funded this project in just a few weeks. Josephine and her daughter Paccy are beyond grateful and excited to begin work to make the egg business a reality. We have sent the first disbursement of $300 so they can acquire materials and begin building the brick hen house inside the walls of Josephine's modest home. Walls are an important security element in Rwanda to prevent theft. Hens are highly sought after in a country of hungry people.
Once the enclosure is complete, we will send the remaining funds for the purchase of hens and feed to last at least until the hens are producing enough eggs to become self-funding. We are all hopeful that this project will be a success; it is one that could be replicated with other elder women who struggle to find ways to earn income in Rwanda.
Without your support, this would not have been possible - thank you! More news to come!
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