Women in Agricultural Cooperatives
Association of Kigali Women in Sports visited the Mayor of Gisagara District of the Southern Province in the process of requesting Land for the women teams who were able to group themselves in Agricultural Cooperatives to improve their way of living and empower themselves economically.
AKWOS was promised by the local authorities a 5 hectare of land for the beginning and will increase as the need increases. The sports women identified the crop known as Cassava to be planted there as the soil is good for that crop. We know that Rwanda depends on Agriculture and most of women do the cultivation, then after the harvest men take over to sell the product convincing women that they are not aware of the market.
AKWOS was able to sensitize women that they can also take part in selling their products, join Saving and Credit Schemes and participate in the country development.
AKWOS trained women in sports to be the role model in sensitization of Nutrition. Women in the community believed that only well to do people take fruits and vegetables, so after the harvest they could sell off everything and leave nothing for their families, thus malnutrition was common.
AKWOS Staff insisted that the lack of Balanced diet leads to all sorts pf diseases, and spends all the profit rin paying hospital bills. the conclusion was that women sports took the decision of fighting malnutrition by eating away balanced diet to keep fit and healthy.
Dear donors, let us join hands to fight malnutrition and your comments and suggestions are always welcome.