Project #203 | Improving Farming Practices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Our Partnership with Mavuno
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has endured decades of armed conflict and instability, resulting in more than five million deaths. The World Food Program’s 2020 forecast predicted that of the 100 million people in the DRC, 15.6 million are severely food insecure and the country is home to the second-largest hunger crisis in the world after Yemen. Mavuno has found a direct correlation between high levels of poverty and farmers’ lack of sound, agropastoral knowledge and skills, which is contributing to this hunger crisis.
Farmers are using dated methods that are depleting the soil and causing many to travel long distances or relocate in search of fertile land. These farmers also lack access to microfinance structures and business skills. A combination of all these factors has destroyed the livelihood of local communities.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Mavuno, an organization that seeks to empower local agripreneurs to ignite economic development, and in turn, help to build a peaceful and prosperous Congo. This partnership trained farmers in various villages to become certified agripreneurs, who then returned to their communities to empower more farmers through a condensed version of their training surrounding agro-pastoral and entrepreneurial skills.
Our Collective Impact
People Trained in Business Techniques
People Enrolled in Savings Associations
Kambale can’t help but have a big smile on his face when visiting his corn farm. He says it grew way beyond expectations and that this harvest season is like nothing he’s ever seen before in all his time as a young farmer!
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.