Livestock Economic Empowerment in Eastern Congo

by Mavuno Vetted since 2015


Mavuno mobilizes communities to create their own business solutions to the problems of extreme poverty. Many villagers chose to purse livestock opportunities (often rabbits, goats or guinea pigs). Mavuno supports activities by providing proper shelters and grazing areas, technical support from animal husbandry experts for optimal breeding, veterinary services such as vaccines, and helps link individuals with markets to maximize income

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Mavuno discovered that 71% of community members have some form of domestic livestock, but 98% share the same house with their animals (a practice detrimental to public health). In addition, many households reported challenges properly caring for their animals, particularly in terms of preventing and treating disease and frequency lose animals that are valuable assets to the family. They often lack access to technical training and markets needed to support income generation.


Raising livestock as an additional opportunity to support food security and increase income. For many smallholder farmers, livestock can serve as a source of cash to buy inputs for crop production, can supplement nutrition, and animals are more mobile in the event of population displacement. Income from agriculture is highly seasonal, but livestock can provide community members with a regular source of income that can be invested in school fees, health and sanitation, and other household needs.

Long-Term Impact

Mavuno's theory of change states that a combination of human and economic develop leads to ending extreme poverty. Equipping communities with the knowledge, skills, and basic inputs needed to develop livestock businesses produces sustainable results. Incorporating livestock into other economic opportunities gives villages the ability to diversify income and invest more in school fees, healthcare costs, or savings.


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Location: Seattle, Washington - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @mavunocongo
Project Leader:
Melissa Edmiston
Seattle, WA United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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