This project will provide a yearlong training program and grants to 100 women from some of the poorest households in Eastern Congo to become entrepreneurs and enable them to build sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families.
There are an estimated 280,000 people living in remote Itombwe Mountains in South Kivu where high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, as well as regular inter-tribal conflicts that erupt when food is scare, are common. This project aims at training and financing 100 women to become entrepreneurs and build sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families.
This project will provide a yearlong training and mentorship program for 100 Women Entrepreneurs aimed at building their business skills, confidence and creating a social support system among themselves through Savings Groups. The project will also provide these entrepreneurs with grants to launch and grow their ventures.
This project will train and finance 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Itombwe Mountains in Eastern Congo, who will go on to launch businesses that will impact the lives of an estimated 700 people. Data shows that women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, compared with just 35% for men. As a cornerstone of the family structure and local communities, more productive women will create ripple effects to benefit their families, communities, and Congo as a whole