Integrated Rural Community Center for Agriculture wants to introduce income generating activities for 100 women in a small locality in Cameroon called Meluv. We hope to do this through provision of vocational training in income generating activities like marketing, tailoring, market gardening and managerial and technical capacity building to enable them to run a business and manage their own affairs. This will give them some financial independence hence reducing over reliance on others.
The Meluf community is typically an agricultural community and women here make up more than 60% of the population. These women are poor because they lack inputs and equipment to improve agricultural production. They constitute more than 80% of the agricultural work force here since there are no other non agricultural activities to keep them gainfully employed. They get up as early as 5 a.m. and trek to farms some as far as ten kilometers away just in an effort to feed their families.
They will be prepared to take part in non agricultural activities to be able to raise income from other sources other than agriculture. They will be taught transformation of agricultural produce into more valuable products such as transformation of cassava, maize, soya beans etc. others include the production of detergents as well as bringing them together to benefit from women cooperatives through buying in bulk especially agricultural inputs and equipment.
The more serious problem women face is that of domestic violence, insubordination, and non recognition of their ability to perform as men. This is caused primarily by their total dependence on men for their needs. Helping them to carry out income generating activities means making them economically independent thus improving their quality of life and paving the way for a better future for other women.
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