Aim: To improve lives by gifting 106 farmers with farm animals!
Your Advantage: Luxurious taste of the highest quality Rwanda bourbon coffee.
Farmers in Gashonga cooperative recognize the importance of pig husbandry
as a major source of family income. One can see why they need this safety
net as a supplementary source of funds for particular purposes, for example
to finance children’s schooling, to use during the celebration of various
events, in times of crisis or medical care.
Livestock animals like Pigs husbandry can easily be integrated with other
farming activities. Small-scale farmers can earn additional income from the
sale of high value animal products and invest in coffee farm assets, pay for
school fees and contribute to health care.
Other members of the families not able to work on coffee farms can take on
roles in raising pigs due to less extensive labor.
Additionally, pigs are the better livestock animals for the farmers in this province of Rwanda. The animals can be fed with by-products from crops that can not be consumed or used effectively by the farmer. Animal manure will be used as organic fertilizer and in energy production.
Investments to start pig husbandry as a way to diversify the livelihoods of
small-scale farmers are low and returns relatively fast compared to other
livestock enterprises. Even though initial spending on support structures may
Quality training for the beneficiaries, veterinary care for the animals, transport and barns for the piglets. This form of livestock integration into small-scale farming has a positive long term effect on development and the returns far outweigh the costs.