Overall, rural women work long hours - besides subsistence farming, they have household chores such as caring for children, preparing food, & collecting fuelwood and water, leaving little time for education or productive endeavors. How women use their time is critical to their wellbeing - earning an income allows women to meet their basic needs and gain agency. This project facilitates that by providing five women's cooperatives (approx. 150 women) with skills to run market-oriented enterprises.
This project moves women farmers from simple subsistence farming to market-oriented agriculture by training them on critical farming and business skills that allow them to successfully operate viable, sustainable businesses. Studies also show that when women earn an income, family health, education and wellbeing improves. ADP will provide a series of training workshops and educational materials on governance, business and financial management, and agricultural technical assistance.
This project is designed to build strong, vibrant, well-managed and profitable cooperative enterprises. The influx of money from these will boost the local economy and have a multiplier effect: the new job opportunities will provide income and spending capacity, which in turn will get money flowing through the local community. And, as economic wellbeing is central to health and education access, these communities will benefit across the board!