Socioeconomic revolution in Komondjari: Habbanaye, a beacon of hope
As we begin 2024, our 33rd issue of “Gems of Family Farms” highlights a quiet but powerful revolution in Komondjari. Thanks to Habbanaye, an initiative by the Diéma Association of Gayeri (ADG/K), a beacon of hope has been lit, reducing the socioeconomic vulnerability of many, particularly women and youth, in this insecurity-ravaged region. Since 2015, Habbanaye has charted a remarkable path towards empowering rural communities, focusing on solidarity and mutual aid. This project has especially benefited women and youth, who received livestock kits and training in agro-pastoral techniques and financial management. This model has boosted the local economy and strengthened community bonds, fostering an environment conducive to entrepreneurship and resilience.
The impact of Habbanaye is tangible and measurable. Beneficiaries, especially women and youth, have seen a significant improvement in their quality of life, through increased income from animal sales and the use of organic manure to enrich their crops. These advancements go beyond economics; they are also evident in the social dynamics, with increased participation of women in community decisions and better integration of youth into the local economy.
Habbanaye represents much more than numbers. It signifies a profound change in mindsets, where women and youth, once seen as vulnerable, are now key players in sustainable development. This inclusive approach has opened new opportunities, transforming the perception of livestock and agriculture into viable and respected economic activities.
We are thrilled to share this extraordinary experience with you. For more information, we invite you to download the capitalization document on:
This document offers a detailed overview of the implemented strategies, moving testimonies, and significant advancements in empowering women and youth in Komondjari.
As we celebrate the successes of 2023, we look forward to accompanying you in 2024 with more inspiring stories. “The Gems of Family Farms” will continue to shine a light on initiatives that positively transform rural communities. Happy New Year 2024 to all, and see you in our upcoming issues for more captivating and enriching stories.
Communication and Knowledge Management Officer