Red Rocks Initiative and CPNCK partnership to provide support to local farmers in Estern DRC

Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development is partnering with Kivu Cooperative Society of coffee Planters and Innovators (CPNCK) to provide sustainable income to families in Eastern Congo as part of its program to integrate tourism, conservation and community development.

Under the program called Gorilla Coffee Conservation, two organizations are also going to provide training to local farmers and other technical support in coffee production to promote coffee growing in targeted regions.

The program also is going to promote revival of coffee growing in the eastern DRC and act as a means of alleviating poverty in the region infamously known for incessant conflicts before that has affected several households and rendered them financially vulnerable.

Tourists will also have a chance to visit local farmers, taste, and buy coffee and from that improve living standard of several families.

The land around Lake Kivu grows naturally good coffee and that holds out the promise of a better future for the coffee farmers.

CPNCK is a non-profit organization based in Goma, which is dedicated for protecting the Mountain Gorillas through encouraging the local to grow coffee, and the Gorilla Conservation Coffee is intended to protect the endeared mountain gorillas while giving families an opportunity to improve their living standards.

The project targets communities like Idjwi Islands and the land around Lake Kivu known for naturally good coffee and this project promises a better future for coffee farmers. It also hopes to develop a global brand which will provide sustainable financing to local farmers and most importantly act as avenue to protect the mountain gorilla through offering income opportunity to local families.

IGIHOHO Support Cooperative (ISC)

Forests are quite essential for the well-being of our planet and Mother Nature. They stabilize climate and water level, help in storing solar energy, prevent soil erosion and reverse greenhouse effect. And apart from providing habitat to plants, animals and insects and promoting diversity, forestry also provides work and supports recreational needs of the rural community.

IGIHOHO Support Cooperative promotes sustainable forest management, which balances social, environmental and economic concerns to meet today’s requirements, while guaranteeing our forests for future generations.

Deforestation leads to declining forest areas plus degraded ecosystems. Forest area in developing countries like Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC are declining at alarming rate, leading to environmental catastrophes.

IGIHOHO Support Cooperative has formulated different programs to mitigate consequences of forest destruction. We involve the youth in our programs, involving them in income generating activities and innovative solutions, we hope it can lead to their social and economic development.

Furthermore, we not only teach the community the importance of agro-forestry but we also have developed a plan where the community around the Volcanoes National Park can benefit from modern agricultural techniques. We are going to develop an significantly action on future of Big-Five which are now in threated situation and natural phenomenon of extinction.

We envisage a training center (school) for accessing scientifically-based knowledge

Red Rocks Livestock Support Programme

The key aim of this program is to improve and uplift the livelihoods of women and youth living on the slopes of Volcanoes National Park. This park is the home to the last surviving mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

For many decades now, livestock has played a significant role in the survival of families in Rwanda. This is a major source of income to the local communities.

Our program thus is geared towards improving the livestock sector and generating income for poor and vulnerable households through:

Supporting small-scale dairy activities in Kinigi including milk and fodder production Improved livestock nutrition and health services in Nyakinama village for the benefit of families headed by women. We work to establish a network of professional microfinance institutions that provide opportunity for access to credit and satisfy the demand for rural finance through providing a wider range of financial services tailored to the needs of locals.

One of our key objectives is to help in shaping policy which facilitates access to microfinance services among the poorest of families, promoting models of public-private partner relationship in delivery of livestock extension and veterinary services reaching out to the whole community.

This program includes focus on introduction of new and innovative rural microfinance services and products for the rural people who currently have no or little access to microfinance services to buy livestock to help uplift their living standards. The animals are also important in manure production for sustainable agriculture.

Botanical Garden

Our botanical garden, found near Volcano National Parks, is mainly used for plant conservation: Horticulture and cultivation skills allow us to grow plants that might be lost in nature, restore and rehabilitate degraded habitats, maintain a living store of genetic diversity which may help in supporting different activities in conservation and research, act as seed banks to safeguard species, help conserve indigenous and local knowledge and encourage the sustainable use of plant resources for the benefit of all, as part of sustainable development.

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