How do we empower families for economic self-sufficiency?
Lack of practical roads and the prohibitive cost of transportation make it harder for individual families to evacuate their agricultural products to the commercial centers. Consequently, many families are discouraged to produce agricultural goods for commercial purpose, mainly producing what they eat. Access to manufacture goods occurs through a type of traditional barter system that prevailed centuries ago.
However, access to services such as health and education is more challenging for those families because they cannot trade a surgical intervention against a bucket of maize corns.
Hence, RWI Inc intends to organize members of the community in cooperatives to work on different agricultural initiatives. These will include production:
maize and cassava flour. [links to gallery - coming soon]
groundnuts. [links to gallery - coming soon]
onions and garlic. [links to gallery - coming soon]
fruits. [links to gallery - coming soon]
pigsty and chicken coop. [links to gallery - coming soon]
ponds. [links to gallery - coming soon]
While the immediate goal of these activities is to generate income for members and ensure access to services such as education and healthcare, the distal outcome for these activities is to serve as incentives to bring families living in small isolated villages to congregate in one location that offers opportunities.
These opportunities will including healthcare services, schools and other recreational activities that will be developed as part of community outreach for health education and leadership development.
This component of the model is expected to serve as a backbone of RWI Inc’s model to ensure its sustainability beyond the initial cycle of external funding. Also, this component will ensure that the community owns the processes and thrive over time.