Ma première expérience dans mon association

Jacqueline Bililo
Posted September 12, 2012 from Democratic Republic of the Congo

j'ai bel et bien votre réaction à mon profil et tiens à répondre à votre préoccupation. Comme je l'ai dit, Afedeco a vu le jour à Kisangani en 1994.Pendant 9 ans Nous nous sommes efforcées d'encadrer les femmes rurales agricultrices car l'agriculture ici chez nous occupe plus de 85% de la population féminine rurale. Nous avions constaté que ces femmes menait une vie misérable malgré cette occupation et nous avons cherché les causes de cette situation qui se résumaient en: - Manque des outils agricoles qui les poussait à cultiver des petites étendues ne pouvant pas leur permettre de récolter suffisamment aussi bien pour leur subsistance que pour la commercialisation. Devant cet état de chose , elle étaient parfois obligées de s'échanger le matériel et donc de se rendre au champ à tour de rôle. - Elles n'avaient aucune connaissance ou formation technique pouvant les aider à améliorer leur production. - Elles n'étaient pas convaincues que les femmes comme elles que nous étions pouvions changer leur situation parce que selon elles , le développement est une affaire des grandes sociétés. Comme stratégies: - Nous avions commencé par les sensibiliser au travers des sessions de formation sur : (le rôle de la femme dans le développement, les différentes techniques culturales, les droits de la femme,le leadership de la femme en milieu rural, comment s'organiser en coopérative agricole, ...etc) -Nous nous sommes interposées entre elles et les bailleurs de fonds de qui nous avions arraché pour elles des outils aratoires.

English translation by PulseWire member MsCadet

I'm looking forward to your reaction of my profile and I will reply to your concerns/comments.

As I have said earlier, AFEDECO was established in Kisangani in 1994. In nine years, we have tried to mentor women farmers because here, at home, agriculture is practiced by more than 85% of the rural female population.

We found that these women led a miserable life despite making a living and we sought the causes for their situation which could be summarized in:

-Lack of agricultural tools which prompted them to farm in small areas and which, in turn, did not allow them to harvest sufficiently for their livelihood as well as marketing. Given this state of affairs, they sometimes had to exchange tools and take turns when working the field.

-They held no knowledge or formal training that could aid or improve their production.

-They were not convinced we could change their situation for women like them because, according to them, development only belongs to large corporations.

As strategies:

-We started to raise awareness by holding training sessions on the role of women in development, the different farming techniques, the rights of women, the leadership of women in rural areas, how to organize agricultural cooperatives, et cetera.

-We served as an intermediary between them and the donors and we were able to obtain agricultural tools on their behalf.

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MsCadet
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 19, 2012

I'm looking forward to your reaction of my profile and I will reply to your concerns/comments.

As I have said earlier, AFEDECO was established in Kisangani in 1994. In nine years, we have tried to mentor women farmers because here, at home, agriculture is practiced by more than 85% of the rural female population.

We found that these women led a miserable life despite making a living and we sought the causes for their situation which could be summarized in:

-Lack of agricultural tools which prompted them to farm in small areas and which, in turn, did not allow them to harvest sufficiently for their livelihood as well as marketing. Given this state of affairs, they sometimes had to exchange tools and take turns when working the field.

-They held no knowledge or formal training that could aid or improve their production.

-They were not convinced we could change their situation for women like them because, according to them, development only belongs to large corporations.

As strategies:

-We started to raise awareness by holding training sessions on the role of women in development, the different farming techniques, the rights of women, the leadership of women in rural areas, how to organize agricultural cooperatives, et cetera.

-We served as an intermediary between them and the donors and we were able to obtain agricultural tools on their behalf.

Natalya Rutchyk
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012

belief and action! - that is my motto for any difficult and "hopeless" situation and your example proves that it works: First, we have to believe that we CAN bring the change, second, we have to ACT because hope alone will not make things happen. Stay where you are and do what you do and I believe that TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER thanking to women like you and your fellow-workers! I wish you to meet kind and supportive people on your way! I wish you a lot of energy and success!

Kadidia Doumbia
Oct 17, 2012
Oct 17, 2012

Jacqueline,

Merci pour toutes ces femmes que votre association encadre. Il est necessaire de pouvoir etre sur le terrain pour faire un travail effectif et productif. Les femmes se doivent d'etre financierement independantes pour pouvoir revendiquer leurs droits. Surtout, sur un continent ou la pauvrete est le denominateur commun.

Je vous felicite pour votre travail et je crois profondement que cette approche est une des meilleures sur le continent africain, en terme de defense des droits de la femme.

Kadidia Doumbia

SaiKiGo
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 18, 2012

Dear Jacqueline,

I commend you on your initiative. I love that you looked a situation that was supposed to be a solution for women yet it was still not serving them as well as it could. Then, you figured out how to fix it. Training, providing tools, etc., are wonderful ways to ensure these women don't suffer further into their future. It reminds me of the saying 'give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a life time'. It would be great to hear how AFEDECO is doing following these training sessions, and maybe even hear from the women themselves and how it has helped!

Keep up the great work! Sai Kiran.

bronxesqmom
Oct 31, 2012
Oct 31, 2012

Dear Jacqueline,

Thank you for telling us about the trailblazing work that you do. Although "women's work" is often overlooked and undervalued, it's usually the foundation of our societies. Your work with AFEDECO clearly demonstrates that investing in women is well worth the time, effort and resources. Could you tell us whether AFEDECO's work has been replicated domestically or internationally? Could you also share how the program has impacted the participants' lives?

Take care and keep up the great work!

SaiKiGo
Nov 22, 2012
Nov 22, 2012

Thank you for sharing the strategies that AFEDECO is using Jacqueline. I'm sure it takes a lot of energy and planning to make it happen. You speak about donors - what kind of help/support do you receive in order to make sure the women you are helping can have their own tools? What kind of support are you still lacking? It's great to know these things so that we can all find ways to help each other.

Sincerely, Kiran