Apart from preparing for the next planting season, the Twisungane cooperative of smallholder farmers have been analyzing proposed projects to improve their overall nutrition and economic security. After discussions and field visits with other farmer groups, Frank and the Twisungane group settled on two important projects for the group. These projects are, getting a motorbike (for transportation of goods and people) and getting a small goat herd (20 goats). They have asked that, TFH lend them the funds according to their needs and their ability to repay the loans from the profits of the proposed projects.
The next planting season will start in September. Frank has been working to link the Twisungane farmers and researchers at the Rwandan Agricultural Board (RAB) to see if they can do some research in their areas for various issues including soil and water management. RAB has promised Frank to supply some help. With Frank’s help RAB will investigate the agricultural problems our farmers are facing and work together to find solutions.
Analyses of the Two Projects
We have worked with the farmers to find the projects that they need, and to develop budgets for the activities. Our Rwandan employee, Frank, held discussions with the farmers’ leadership committee. In addition, Frank, and representatives from the Twisungane cooperative visited various local sites to understand the suitability of the various proposed projects.
They started with the issue of replacement of the basic utility vehicle (BUV). In Rwanda there are two popular types of motorbikes suitable for the farmers. One is the standard motorbike (a 125-cc motorcycle; there are an estimated 30,000 such motorbikes in Kigali) usually used in transporting people and goods throughout Rwanda. And, the second is the Hard-Body BUV which can transport goods and people.
Frank and the farmers discussed the advantages and disadvantages of both types of vehicles. Considering the topography of their area, expected cash flows and profitability, vehicle maintenance, and overall operational issues they found that the farmers will be better served by getting the standard motorbike. The motorbike has many advantages, which include, working daily (transporting goods and people), its proven ability to easily handle the mountainous and rough roads, and it is more likely to be profitable.
|The motorbike Proposed|
Their next issue to address was whether to buy a new or a used motorbike. Their calculations on the price(s) were as follows;
- Price for a new motorbike is $2,000 plus $600 to get all the things and documents for the motorbike to enable it to start working.
- Price for the used one is $1,600
Based on the above, farmers prefer to get the new motorbike.
The next issues to address are the details in developing and implementing an agreement on how to repay the loan. Typical repayment for such new motorbikes would be $30.00 weekly ($30 X 52 weeks/year = $1,560/year).
The second project that farmers are eager to get started is the goat-herd project. (Frank would also like to stress that; this goat project will be one of the projects that make TFH highly visible to all the local communities and their leaders; and greatly enhance the reputation of Tools for Hope in Rwanda for helping farmers with their everyday work).
The benefits of rearing goats include;
- They integrate well with both crops and other livestock production,
- They supply a useful form of savings for the rural farmers who have no means of access to banking facilities,
- Dairy goat keeping is a very convenient enterprise, especially for farmers with small parcels of land,
- Goats can be sold for cash,
- Goats are cheaper to rear as they survive on low quality foods and in difficult conditions on relatively small amounts of food.
The projected budget for the goat project, is;
- They need 20 goats; each is 40,000 RWF (20 X 40,000 = 800,000 RWF)
- The total for buying 20 goats is 800,000 RWF
- They also need 20 Roof covers (Iron Sheets) for goat barn, each for 6000 RWF (20 X 6000 =120,000 RWF
- The total for 20 roof covers is 120,000 RWF
- The overall total is 920,000 RWF. This is the amount needed for the goat project. Which is equivalent to $1100.
- Funding the Two Projects
$3,700.00 supplies 20 goats and a new motorbike for the Twisungane farmers to help fight poverty and to ensure food security for their families.
With your support the Twisungane families get help they need;
- Direct action on their most pernicious ills … hunger and poverty.
And You Get:
- Knowledge that people in need will be fed, instead of left to fend for themselves.
- Knowledge that less hunger will make their whole community better and safer, which will make it a better place to live and raise a family.
- The personal satisfaction of addressing a problem. It feels good just to do … something.
- The satisfaction of carrying out a selfless act for other human beings.
- Fulfilling the obligation involved in being a caring member of society.
- The satisfaction of being part of a group of donors who are also good, caring people.
- Association with Tools for Hope, a well-known local nonprofit that’s recognized for doing good work in Rwanda.
- The benefits that come from donating itself, regardless of the cause. These include better physical and emotional health and greater prosperity—all of which are widely documented.
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