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Sustainable Livelihoods Update

January 20, 2017

This sustainable livelihoods report has been prepared by Pelagie and edited by Kangele bin Kazembe Alidor in Uvira on December 25th, 2016.

I have summarized this report on a few of the women who are far enough on their healing journey to generate income for their families. This brings all of the volunteers & recipients of Ibutwa great joy!

Nabaia Narutonde’s first agricultural activity began with raising goats. Since that helped her make profit, she agreed to merge with another recipient of Ibutwa, named Chuki. Once Chuki received her microfinance, they decided to work together. They continued to purchase a second-hand motorbike for increased mobilization and productivity. The revenue they generated from that investment allowed them to integrate additional activities to make money, such as pig-raising and renting a field to grow and sell organic crops, which has permitted them to buy clothing for their children. Teamwork makes the dream work!

All of the love from Vermont is clearly felt in the DRC!

 As one can see in the image above, the Wabiwa Chantale family, which used to suffer from an indescribable poverty, is no longer in the same situation it was in when the children were lacking clothes.  Now these children are presentable and proud.  A dream becomes a reality thanks to the support from the donors of The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative. Wabiwa is not in her family photo but with the help of Ibutwa, she achieved her financial goal through her bakery endeavour and so her family has been uplifted. The future may hold many surprises for the families Ibutwa assists and we truly hope their circumstances continue to improve!


Above is Sasali Fifi with merchandise for sale. She will make more money on the items she invested in. knowing how much children love colorful backpacks for school.

 Through the tax deductible donations from The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, a renaissance