Embrace Rwanda looks to promote long-term development, not a “quick fix”. The communities in Rwanda are anxious to promote self-reliance, so donations to Embrace Rwanda increasingly go to provide funds for micro-loans to start new businesses.
Micro-loans are organized within more than 30 community associations of the Healthy Mums Project, for the purpose of generating income through small projects and small business collectives. Each small business gives back to the collective, building independence and sustainability. Examples include, growing sweet potatoes and other vegetables, grinding sorghum to make flour or juice.
Larger Associations have started to grow mushrooms and will be adding the production of chickens and rabbits.
The Pastors’ Investment Fund provides larger donations of capital funds for local parishes to start income generating activities in their community e.g. brick making, forestry, wheat growing and stone excavation.
This ties in well with a strategy that the Diocese has adopted to increase the self reliance of individuals and collectively as members of the parishes.
It offers employment opportunities and income to fund the projects within the local parish. We look towards a future where they no longer rely on donations.