RUWEF via IVFCam, recently launched and is currently implementing a
project entitled, “Strengthening the Rural Women’s Empowerment Fund through a Property Security Scheme” to
assist rural women acquire and own land for their socioeconomic livelihoods. Targeting 05 subdivisions of the North West Region (Batibo, Widikum, Mbengwi, Nkambe and
Misaje) and sponsored by Women’s World Day of Prayers (WWDP-Germany), widows/women are supported towards accessing Micro-credit for IGAs and farm inputs. The project educates target communities on Gender Participation in Economic Development through conferencing and Advocacy, enhances widows on Improved Agricultural Techniques through formal training and support with farm inputs, and assists them in acquiring and securing group/individual farmlands for sustainable improved livelihoods guaranteed through food security, better income, and stable lifestyles.
Participants for the event included government technical services, Local/traditional councils, CBOs, Women’s groups, WOVCIGs, Mayors, Heads of Ministerial Departments. All invited officials and beneficiary groups at the conferences actively participated showing keen interest on land acquisition rights for widows and poor rural women. At the end of these conferences, participants unanimously adopted resolutions and recommendations, endorsed by the government, that will guide and enhance the intervention. So far, 11 groups from target communities have already benefited from the scheme with assistance in farm inputs and loans, refundable after a 3 months grace period.