SAFE Worldwide has been involved in many projects around the world. Here are the projects we have supported in 2019, in partnership with conservation organizations in Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Borneo.
SEWING PROJECT FOR WOMEN IN RWANDA
SAFE WW and SACOLA opened the first sewing center in Ruhengeri, Rwanda, nestled in the shadow of the Virungas.
Most girls never complete secondary school, often having to drop out to work in the fields until they wed early and start their own families. They live in difficult conditions often with no electricity or ways to get out of the cycle of poverty.
The first 24 students will be graduating in August. The training certification they receive can now allow them a career that provides financial stability and independence. More importantly, it will allow them to provide health care for their children, keep them in school and allow for greater financial freedom.
MICRO LOAN PROJECT IN RWANDA AND UGANDA
We currently have 20 young women participating in the micro loan program and many of them starting their own businesses. These are no interest loans provided to impoverished individuals living in the Virunga Mountain region of Rwanda and Uganda.
The intent is that if we can provide opportunity for impoverished people to start their own businesses, they will not support poaching opportunities or using snares for bushmeat that will then be sold in local markets. Many endangered species will end up in the snares, that are meant for other animals, such as small antelopes.