Strengthening the Socio-Economic Resilience of Marginalized and Vulnerable Households in Rubavu and Rutsiro Districts

The western parts of Rwanda have faced numerous challenges in recent times. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions heavily impacted livelihoods in the region. Additionally, the eruption of a volcano further devastated the area, leaving many marginalized and vulnerable households in dire circumstances.

Moreover, the escalation of prices due to the Ukraine war has compounded the economic difficulties faced by these communities. In light of these circumstances, the I’AM ABLE Project, a blueprint of the Rwanda Sustainable Families (RSF) organisation aims to address the socio-economic challenges faced by marginalized and vulnerable households in Rubavu and Rutsiro districts.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the strengthening of the socio-economic resilience of marginalized and vulnerable households. The project focuses on empowering individuals from marginalized groups, such as pygmies, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities. The project targets 150 beneficiaries in total.

The anticipated results of the I’AM ABLE Project are as follows: Structuring cooperatives and implementing a rotating credit system, improving income and product quality in the pottery cooperative, enhancing income generation for beneficiaries in cross-border trade and agriculture, seeking outlets and funding opportunities for cooperative members.

The Lemonaid and ChariTea e.V recognises the prospects of the I’AM ABLE project and shall therefore be partnering with the RSF till 2025. Through the implementation of the I’AM ABLE Project, it is expected that marginalized and vulnerable households in Rubavu and Rutsiro districts will experience increased socio-economic resilience.

By organizing beneficiaries into cooperatives, providing training and support, and facilitating access to funding and markets, the project aims to empower individuals and communities to overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the volcanic eruption, and economic uncertainties. Ultimately, the project strives to create sustainable livelihoods and improve the overall well-being of these marginalized and vulnerable households.

This endeavour stands as a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives in creating positive change and fostering growth in challenging times.