What is the situation in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)?
Rural villagers living in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have experienced human rights violations, insecurity, and looting of their property and business materials. The prolonged conflict, poor infrastructure and limited access to social and financial institutions have negatively impacted health, economic and social outcomes of individuals, families and communities. The genocide in neighboring Rwanda, coupled with the collapse of the Mobutu government (1997) spawned two wars and over two decades of warfare throughout the region, resulting in millions of deaths in what is the deadliest conflict since World War II. The last decade has seen the use of violence and torture as a weapon of war in the DRC, where rebels and soldiers subject women, men and children to brutalizing attacks, rape, torture, and mutilation. Survivors of the conflict are often further traumatized by extreme poverty, disease, stigma and social isolation.
What are Pigs for Peace and Rabbits for Resilience?
Even in the context of these multiple adversities, Congolese families and communities are demonstrating resilience in rebuilding their futures, through active participation in the two Congolese livestock/animal microfinance initiatives: 1) Pigs for Peace (PFP) and 2) Rabbits for Resilience (RFR). PFP microfinance was founded in 2008 by Mitima Mpanano Remy, Director of Programme d’Appui aux Initiatives Economiques (PAIDEK) and Dr. Nancy Glass, Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) to improve the economic security and health of individuals and families living in rural villages in South Kivu province of DRC. After working with adults in rural villages, the partnership was asked to develop a microfinance initiative to engage youth in action in their villages, therefore, in 2012, Rabbits for Resilience was launched with youth ages 10-15 years.
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