Training on how to make feminine hygiene products from banana leaves
This year, we will also be looking to train the farmers on how to make feminine hygiene products from banana leaves. This has been a problem that has plagues girls and women in poor communities for many years causing unnecessary hardship.
To read about how these sanitary products can be made at a small scale, please visit Sustainable Health Enterprises
You can watch a video on how the sanitary pads are already being made in Rwanda here. We will keep you posted on how to be a part of this project.
Our Employee, Frank, had productive meetings with employees from the ministry of Agriculture. We are building on these positive conversations with the goal of adding the BUV to the existing list of Agricultural vehicles that are tax exempt.
Why is the BUV project important?
Our goal is to have the BUV classified as agricultural equipment so all farmers in Rwanda are able to purchase it without having to pay a large amount in taxes.
Current options for Rwandan farmers are to either purchase a $12,000 tractor or a $20,000 pick up truck, neither being affordable.
At an average cost of $5000, the BUV provides an option that small banks can lend towards and farming cooperatives can also purchase with realistic returns.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us as we work on this project. Since this is an outcome that would affect all Rwandans, we ask for your continued prayers and support as we go through the confirmation and clearance process.
Richard will be stepping away from the day to day activities for about 90 days due to personal and health reasons.
Tire-Sole Sandal making project
We are excited to start working on small business ideas with the farmers that can further improve their standard of living and also bring in additional income.
With startup costs being as little as $500.00, these sandals could provide affordable footware for for children who otherwise go barefoot.
Simply having shoes has been show to reduce the spreading of diseases and improve health standards.
If you would like to donate towards this purpose, please feel free to add a note to your donation.
Our goal is to raise $25,000.00 between now and December 2018 to fund these projects.