Strengthening the resilience of families

23 January 2023

The general objective of the project led by FXB International is to strengthen the resilience of 100 extremely poor families and sustainably improve their living conditions so they can escape multidimensional poverty.

At the beginning of 2023, the FXB Village Kanyosha has 737 direct participants including 318 adults composed of 129 females and 189 males, 338 children between the ages of 5 and 17 composed of 168 girls and 170 boys, and 81 children under the age of 5 composed of 39 girls and 42 boys.

Participants received on average 3 household visits during the previous year. During these visits, discussions were held on various subjects but more specifically on hygiene in general, health and the economy. In addition to the awareness on the prevention of diseases, the participants were informed of the evolution of the mutual insurance company TUVUZANYE. Currently, it has signed collaboration agreements with eight health care institutions. The insured have free choice to be treated in the health facilities. During these visits, FXB teams verified the existence and use of mosquito nets. The visits focused on monitoring Income Generating Activities (IGAs) and an emphasis was put on diversification and on the functioning of the Village Savings Loan Association (VSLA).

Savings have increased significantly (158%). With these savings and thanks to the IGAs, the beneficiary families are able to equip themselves and invest. Two families have purchased equipment for their houses, chairs, dining tables, telephone and television. Four families bought kitchen utensils. One family has acquired cultivable land. Five families rented arable land. 19 families bought livestock such as goats, chickens, rabbits and pigs.

The accompanied families have continued to improve the quantity and quality of their meals thanks to the income earned in the IGAs, the good agricultural practices popularized and the training received on nutrition in the second semester of 2022. Themes discussed were the role of a good diet, good feeding practices and food supplements recommended for children, and essential hygiene practices in terms of nutrition. Beneficiaries have successfully changed their eating habits, diversifying their food and setting up vegetable gardens. The percentage of families eating three meals a day rose to 70% from 66% in the previous six months of the project.

The project's support has enabled all school-age children to attend school. All 284 (100%) are attending school. For young adults, 106 out of 109 are in school (97%). FXB has helped remove barriers to education for children from supported families.