The legacy of the 1994 Genocide continues to affect millions of Rwandans. Many had to flee their homes, and sexual assaults were numerous – resulting in the increased spread of HIV/AIDS. Many have resorted to selling land used to grow cops in order to raise short term funds – creating a poverty trap that is near impossible to exit.
Following a series of reviews and consultations, RDO Rwanda has identified an innovative potential solution to help arrest the situation – through the cultivation and sales of mushroom crops. Mushroom production is cost-effective, requires small space, and uses limited fertilisers and pesticides. More importantly, mushrooms attract a relatively substantial profit margin and once the initial investment is completed the project becomes self-sufficient, removing the need for repeat intervention.
In 2013, RDO Rwanda proposes a three stage investment to build the facility. The first stage will see the building of a growing and storage facility, with the capacity to growing from 6,400kg of seeds every year. Once in place RDO Rwanda will also ensure the correct raw materials are in place and, finally, a team from the local area is fully trained in the growing, harvesting, storage and sales of the crops.
This is the first such site to be developed in the way in Rwanda’s Eastern Province – and RDO Rwanda will continue to identify further sites and communities that will benefit from similar developments.
Further details regarding this, RDO Rwanda’s other projects can and how they can be supported can be found at:
Paul Titley, Business and Project Advisor, RDO.
RDO is a not for profit NGO, based in Kigali, Rwanda. RDO has been established for nearly 20 years, forming in the wake of the Genocide to assist communities that had been displaced from their homes, and were struggling to regain their livelihoods following the horrific events of 1994.
Since formation, RDO has continually worked across a range of agriculturally-
Eugine Rwibasira is the Executive Secretary of RDO.
Rwanda Development Organisation (RDO)
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