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RWAFAT (Rwandan Forum
for Alternative Trade)
We are currently seeking funding to ensure the sustainability of
work we have carried out previously in Rwanda. From 2008-2011
Shared Interest Foundation ran a Big Lottery Fund project to train
50 Rwandan handcraft producer groups and introduce them to fair
trade. This produced good results with the evaluation noting
improved business skills and highlighting that 80% of groups
doubled their incomes and over 100 jobs were created. Along with
this, progress was made to establish the national network, RWAFAT.
However sustaining these improvements is a tough challenge and many
of the communities involved still live below the poverty line.
We are looking for funds to further develop the fair trade
handcraft support network in Rwanda into a sustainable, independent
organisation, supporting producers to grow their business and
improve their livelihoods for years to come.
£30,000 Current funds raised:
We are currently running a project which works with 150
smallholder producer groups in 5 African countries: Kenya, Uganda,
Tanzania, Ghana and Ivory Coast. The Access to Finance project
works in partnership with Fairtrade Africa to build the capacity of
these producer groups in order for them to meet their financing
need. We have currently just completed a hugely successful first
year of the programme were we saw loan applications totalling
£1million, our target for the whole two year project.
We are looking for funds to increase even more the amount of
producer groups we can support and who can ultimately access
ethical finance to increase the capacity of their businesses.
£10,000 Current funds
Livelihood Security Fund
This project started in 2008 and is used to pay grants to fair
trade producers in developing countries that have suffered a shock
such as flooding, a hurricane or a landslide. Having a permanent
pot of money means that we can respond immediately to any need, and
ensure that the business is able to start trading again as soon as
We are looking for further funds to make sure that should the
worst happen to producers in developing countries we are able to
meet their needs immediately reducing the effect on both them and
£5,000 Current funds raised: