Sustainable Livelihoods Update

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 is happening from the bottom up. Many other women have chosen to grow organic food to begin a community garden in the DRC. We are proud to have raised enough awareness about their situation to raise funds so they can grow and eat a healthier diet than before. Blessings to all who have contributed to Ibutwa, we are changing the world for the better!

Women harvesting corn from one section of the community garden. This was a major milestone for The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative. One of our goals is to allow families to eat organic food that nourishes their healing process which is why this accomplishment fills our hearts.

Thanks to the Cultivating Conscious Consumers & P.A.U.S.E (People Advocating and Uniting for Social Equity) clubs from Champlain College, 2 sewing machines were donated so a few more women who are supported by Ibutwa can make money fixing damaged clothes for their community members. Now there are 4 sewing machines, giving more recipients an opportunity to generate income and have additional time to focus on other ways to rebuild their lives through the help of this program.

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