Ibutwa Blog

June 20, 2016

Age: 17

Goals for future: To become a doctor


Biography: Shukura is a student at llème secondaire. Shukura says that she feels joy acquiring knowledge at school, thanks to the support of Ibutwa. When she has free time, she takes care of her small business, which is selling peanuts. Alternatively, she spends any other free time doing housework. She thanks the whole Ibutwa team, near and far, for having thought about her and the whole  Ibutwa community. She ends by saying, "I hope that God will grant you a long life to continue to help those in need....

June 7, 2016

Age: 47

Sustainable Livelihood Project: Selling second-hand clothes

Goals of this project: buy clothing for her family, provide food for her family, accumulate savings, pay the rent, pay for university studies for her children

Biography: Ida is the mother of seven children. She spends most of her days at the market except for Saturdays and Sundays, which she spends doing various household chores. The medical service that Ibutwa provides for her family is very important to her, as she says that the physical health of children has greatly improved...

May 31, 2016

Age: 14

Goals for the future: Become a vehicle driver

Biography: Malipo is a student at VIème Primaire. When he has free time during the day, he enjoys playing soccer with his friends and doing small household chores for his family. He says he is at ease at school because he doesn't have to worry about being sent away for the inability to pay school expenses.

May 24, 2016

Age: 35

Sustainable Livelihood Project: Selling second-hand clothing


Goals of this project: To be able to build a house, buy clothing for her family, and provide food for her family

Biography: Sasali is the mother of six children. She spends each day, except for Sundays, in the market selling her second-hand clothing. For her, the medical program has a very important effect on her household. All of her children receive medical care without any problem, no matter how serious the illness is.  This allows her to carry on her activities without worry...

May 17, 2016

Age: 17

Goals for the future: When she is older, after she completes university studies, Furaha wants to be a lawyer

Biography: Furaha is a student at VIème Humanité Pédagogique.  Whenever she has free time, she enjoys playing sports and sometimes she spends her time exchanging messages with her friends on Facebook.  She says that she feels at peace in class because she knows she won’t be sent away for not paying school expenses. 

May 10, 2016

Age: 50

Sustainable Livelihood Project: Selling second-hand clothing

Goals of this project: Buy a piece of land, provide food for her family, and produce savings

Biography: Suzanne is the mother of nine children. Most days, she spends selling her merchandise in the market. Once she returns home in the evening, she is usually very tired. Suzanne reports, “If I am in good health today, and my children are well, it’s thanks to the medical care, which saves me from having to pay for medications, which are very expensive, and especially hospital expen...

May 9, 2016

The Ibutwa blog will be featuring a series of posts that introduce readers to some of the wonderful women and children Ibutwa is working hard to support. The well-being of the participants Ibutwa serves is an integral part of the organization and continues to motivate the team members that unceasingly work to keep Ibutwa functioning and successful. Because Ibutwa strives for developing community awareness and support, we wanted to share a small look into the lives of the women and children that endlessly inspire the team members of Ibutwa to keep on...

April 29, 2016

Ibutwa’s Sustainable Livelihoods program is very dedicated to supporting women’s journeys in becoming self-sufficient and focuses on empowering women through income-generating activity. In addition, Ibutwa works hard to develop community building by encouraging the women to support one another and care for each other as a family would.

Self-sustainability in terms of adequate and substantial nourishment has been a very large part in the pursuit of assisting these women. Because they often have limited means, they previously relied on taking the sma...

April 29, 2016

Welcome to VIBI’s blog! The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative team has created this space to invite community members and friends to explore and stay updated on all the new projects and endeavors that VIBI is working on to advance the lives of those affected by sexual gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

As a concerned global citizen:
I am writing for those who have been robbed of their opportunities to share their stories. Major media outlets continue to ignore the genocide in the Congo, which has mainly been driven by capitalism...

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