Support for the agricultural activities of the refugee and Rwandan communities of Mahama.

The Maison Shalom project “Support for refugees and the host community in agricultural activities” aims to improve the livelihoods and socio-economic development of refugees and the Rwandan community in the Mahama sector, particularly during this difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to this project, most members of the Abanyamwete cooperative did not have any income-generating activity and had to rely on the allowance received from UNHCR. The Abanyamwete cooperative has 74 members of which more than 80 {18eeec6d52be440851c72f84af3a253ac0c44132395a14858bdc1df3131757b0} are women. Since the start of the project, the cooperative has been able to produce soybeans, onions, tomatoes, eggplants, watermelons, yellow beans and vegetables such as amaranth over three seasons. These good results were obtained thanks to the dedication of the members, the excellent teamwork and the links created between the two communities. Maison Shalom has also supervised the cooperative from the beginning to enable members to master techniques that increase production and rehabilitate the irrigation system over the entire field. The members of the cooperative are really happy with this project because it has changed their lives for the better. They have benefited greatly, both collectively and individually. The cooperative managed to buy a pregnant sow from its profits. Each member also earned income from the profits made after the sale. Both their diet and that of their family improved as each member was able to take home the vegetables they had grown. (For more testimonials and achievements of the Abanyamwete cooperative, click on this link to watch the video: ) The future of this cooperative is all the more promising as farm animals such as cows and pigs have been added. We would like to thank our KBF Canada partners for their support, as well as the local government for their continued trust and support for this cooperative.