The Soroptimist Club Bommelerwaard chose to support the Mukomeze Foundation in 2012 and they have also decided to continue their support in 2013. To raise money for the Mukomeze Foundation, Soroptimist Club Bommelerwaard has organized a number of meetings and activities. The money collected during these two years, will be used to build a duplex home for widows and orphans in Rwanda.
In the light of the Millennium Goals Arrangement, the municipality of Breda agreed to fund two-thirds of the costs in the project, in collaboration with Impulsis and COS Brabant. The agreement will be realised when Mukomeze retrieves the remaining part and also raises awareness to the project and the work of charities such as the Mukomeze Foundation within the municipality of Breda
In the cow project about 14 (preferably pregnant) cows, depending on the actual costs, will be purchased and distributed to as many women. Keeping cows is one of the most effective ways to advance the economic position and independence of women. These women do not just receive the cow; they need to attend a course, build a cowshed themselves and be able to provide for fodder. To ensure the sustainability of the project the women will also give the first female born calf to another woman. Through this system more women will be helped. In the case of a first male calf the agreement is that the women give away 10% of the sales in favor of a community fund. This fund allows members of the community to obtain a (micro) credit, which in turn will increase the self-reliance of the community.
Fruitnursery project Rusatira
Due to the great success of the former fruitnursery project in Nyanza, a follow-up fruitnursery project has started in 2012 for the community of Solace Ministries in Rusatira (like Nyanza, in the south of Rwanda). Widows and orphans cultivate, under expert guidance, fruit trees and plants. The small fruit trees and plants are then distributed to families in the community of Rusatira. These fruits do not only provide women with a good income, they are also very nutritious, especially for women who are HIV-positive. The fruitnursery project is sponsored by publisher Wolf Legal Publishers. Wolf Legal Publishers is the publisher of the book ‘De mannen die mij hebben vermoord’ [‘The Men Who Killed Me’] and they have given the profits from this book to this project.
Fruitnursery project Nyanza (phase 2)
Due to the great success of the aforementioned fruit yard project, sponsored by E.ON Benelux (see “projects 2008-2010”), in 2011 a follow-up proposal was drafted for the realization of a second phase of this project in Nyanza. The Mukomeze Foundation found Imperial Tobacco Netherlands willing to finance a large part of this project. The project was launched in December 2011.
In December 2011 a contribution was granted by Books4Life Tilburg, for sponsorship of a fund for the sustainable development of the Kimoronko community (a community of Solace Ministries in Kigali). In this small-scale micro-financing project,women can finance their own business, through means of a small loan with reasonable rates of interest. The project will be started in 2012.
In 2011the peanut project started, made possible by COS Brabant, together with hotel/catering courses in Brabant (The Rooi Pannen Eindhoven, The Rooi Pannen Breda and the ROC de Leijgraaf Oss and Cuijk). On the occasion of World Food Day 2010, students from these training institutions prepared a “fair meal”, with part of the proceeds from these meals going to the Mukomeze Foundation. The project involves a group of more than 100 Rwandans in Rusatira (southern Rwanda), giving them the opportunity to cultivate peanuts. These nuts are not only nutritious (because the efficacy of HIV drugs are promoted), but are also very suitable for sale. This project was fully realized in 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2012.
In early 2010 the university project started. Sponsored by the Westeinde Foundation five women have been given the opportunity to follow a four-year university course, either to start or finish it; “accounting” (three women), “rural development” and “business information technology”. At the start of 2011 all five women successfully completed their academic year, and hence secured funding for the following college year. The project runs until the academic year 2013/2014.
In 2010 the leaders and 10 women from the communities Kimisagara and Kicukiro (Kigali) followed a training to be able to carry out the “link-project” competently; in January 2011 these women received their first loans. This Flair Fund and Cordaid funded project, aims to establish a co-operation between rural women who cultivate produce (especially fruit and vegetables) and women in the city who can sell them on the market. The project was initiated in 2010 and extended into 2011. This project was completed in 2012.
Market stall project Nyanza
At the end of 2010, “Torches for Peace” in Tilburg collected money for a market stall in Nyanza, where milk and fruit can be sold. Through the fruit yard project, women in Nyanza can, in this way, sell the fruit and generate an income (see “projects 2008-2010”). As well as providing “selling space”, the stall ensures that there is a covered area where women can store their produce in refrigerators. This project was fully realized in 2011 and was completed in 2012.
Sewing machine project
In 2010 Tools for Work (then called “Third World Workshop”) in Teteringen, shipped 16 sewing machines and 3 knitting machines to Rwanda. Within six communities of Solace Ministries – Nyanza, Ruhuha (south-eastern Rwanda), Nyamata, Kicukiro, Remera and Kinyinya (the last three are neighbourhoods in Kigali) – 35 women were, with these machines, helped to generate income through the (learning of) making and alteration of clothing. The possibility of being able to walk around in beautiful clothes once again, gave the women dignity and confidence. Training was given by skilled managers of existing sewing shops in Rwanda. The women who have mastered the skills, can pass on their knowledge to others. This project was completed in 2010.
Fruitnursery project Nyanza
In 2009 and 2010 E.ON made money available to establish a fruit yard in Nyanza. Widows and orphans, under expert guidance, planted fruit trees, sowed plants and transplanted cuttings. The small fruit trees and plants were then distributed to families in the Nyanza community. Besides the fact that fruit is a good source of income for rural women, it is also important for their own diet, especially for women who are HIV-positive. The fruit yard was incredibly successful. Instead of the projects estimated 3,500 trees and plants, eventually 10,311 fruit trees and plants were distributed. This project could therefore also benefit families from other communities of Solace Ministries. This project was completed in 2010.
In 2009 an agricultural project was realized, sponsored by Rabobank Hilvarenbeek-Oisterwijk and Duncan Management BV, where the keeping and breeding of animals was promoted. An experimental farm was established in Runda (about 30 km from Kigali), where goats, chickens and rabbits were kept and bred. The farm was co-run by widows and orphans and they were instructed in the care of these animals. The animals were then distributed among the women. They provided both food and income for the women and moreover, the affection given to/by the animals offered a diversion from their traumas. This project was completed in 2010.
In collaboration with Solace Ministries in 2008, the first project the Mukomeze Foundation realized, was for renovation of homes throughout Rwanda. Through sponsorship from Rotary Club Utrecht International (RCUI), the homes of six women were refurbished. Thus, we are fulfilling one of the most fundamental human rights: the right to housing. The RCUI collected the funds during a symposium at the International Women’s Day (8th March 2008), just before the official establishment of the Mukomeze Foundation. This project was completed in 2008.