Help Rwandan women learn to farm, support families

by Women for Women International
May 13, 2009

WWI Country Directors Brief Congress on Development Efforts

Country Directors and staff on Capitol Hill
Country Directors and staff on Capitol Hill

On February 3rd Women for Women International's Africa country directors briefed House Foreign Affairs Committee staff on program efforts to combat pervasive rural poverty and the global food crisis by training socially-excluded women in Africa on profitable, market-based farming techniques. As development policy begins to refocus its attention on agriculture, Women for Women practitioners attested to the importance of community-level development practices that empower women.

In Rwanda and Sudan, two countries where many are eating one meal per day or less, Women for Women is piloting a Commercial Integrated Farming Initiative that will link 6,000 women farmers to profitable markets so that they might feed their families and communities and earn an income. “Sudan lacks everything,” said country director Karak Mayik, “food especially. Food is another war for us. It is my hope that with CIFI we can go from dependence on food aid to having food to share.”


About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Women for Women International

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Shannon O'Donnell
Online Marketing Manager
Washington, DC United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 20 donors like you, a total of $6,235 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Find another project in Rwanda or in Economic Development that needs your help.
Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.