Way of strengthening women’s economic empowerment in KIREHE District
SAFE supports rural vulnerable women headed households in KIREHE District to increase income and secure their livelihoods through smallholder production of chickens. In its experience, SAFE has been working impressively in empowering rural women in socio-economic arena in different districts of Rwanda. In 2018, SAFE has received a grant from Rwanda Government Board (RGB) in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to extend its project of enhancing rural women groups in KIREHE by increasing their income opportunities along the poultry business. This project targets 300 women headed households in Nyarubuye, Nyamugali, Kigina, Kirehe, Gatore and Gahara Sectors who received 1,225 chickens.
In spite of chickens provided, beneficiaries have also received trainings on best chicken rearing and health care practices like adopting better housing, vaccination, and feeding, there has been rehabilitation of 10 existing poultry sheds and construction of new ones. SAFE has also provided 4,186kg of poultry feeds to support feeding tasks for first days.
Chickens provided are SASSO species dual purpose, (i.e. meat and egg production) that are resistant to climate change and can adapt to locally manufactured feed. The SASSO chickens grow faster, with delicious and tender meat and strong disease resistance. SASSO chickens are free-range, affordable, easy to raise which proves to be a profitable livelihood venture. They graze around the field, or backyard running around, and eating grass, corn, leaves and other natural ingredients. Therefore, these species will not be a difficult for rural poor women to grow them
roups which received chickens in first times have started to produce and sell eggs at a good price. They invest money in poultry feeding and they remain with money for savings. The poultry business for these women will not only increase their income but it will also engage them in activities that increase their agency (decision making at household level), reducing their time poverty (chicken breeds that requires little time for husbandry). Thus, it will be an opportune space for them to put into action what they have learnt from Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology which has been rolled out to them.