Congolese refugees living with HIV forge ahead, gaining independence

Ntuzamukunda is the project’s elected leader. Her tasks include managing the cooperative and organizing group meetings. When asked about the challenges, she says, “Women find it difficult to balance responsibilities. Women work hard at home and on their project.”

The women have already identified the most profitable crops and harvested 300 kg of mushrooms in their first phase. One kilogram of mushrooms equals about RWF 1000 (USD 1.47) when sold. The women receive business and agricultural training throughout all phases of the project and they have opened a bank account to pool their savings and expand to other business activities.

Angelique speaks hopefully about being able to return to her homeland one day. She plans to grow mushrooms there when she returns.

With funding from the One UN Fund, UN Women and its partners UNHCR, UNAIDS, WFP provide financial and technical support to the REWARD project.

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