"We made a fresh start after the attacks"“Today everything works for the best for my family, we made a fresh start after the attacks in Lemouna thanks to the assistance provided by DRC.”
Following attacks by local armed groups in May 2019, Rosalie fled her village and lost all her possessions. She found refuge with a host family in Paoua, in north-western Central African Republic.
Rosalie was selected by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) to take part in an agropastoral recovery project.
“During the crisis last year, I lost all my possessions. I arrived in Paoua the day before the beginning of the niébé (black-eyed pea) seed production campaign. On the radio, I heard DRC encouraging producers to join one of the 69 collective associations comprising the local Agricultural Producers Organisation. I joined one of them and we received quality-certified niébé seeds.”
PRODUCTION BOOSTED THANKS TO DRC TRAINING AND ASSISTANCE
In addition to seeds, Rosalie also benefitted from technical trainings conducted by DRC through its innovative mass training system for agropastoral producers.
“What impressed me the most during the production campaign was the close support and the possibility to express myself and define and prioritise my needs. We are at the heart of all decision-making and ouropinions are always taken into consideration.”
Rosalie and the collective association she joined received 25kg of seeds and decided to use a one-hectare community agricultural plot for cultivation. By the end of the harvest, they had produced 597kg of niébé, which were then stored in the community warehouse.
“To allow all members to begin or strengthen an income generating-activity, we decided to assign 10kg to each member of the association. The remainder were stored for sale.”
ROSALIE CAN NOW AFFORD SCHOOL FOR HER CHILDREN
Today, Rosalie sells crispy niébé fritters and can use this income to cover expenses for her family.
“Thanks to this business, I can help my husband with the family expenses, especially for my children’s health, school fees and the mechanical training for my son in Bangui.”
As a next step, Rosalie will join a community savings scheme set up by DRC, where she will receive a credit to diversify her business activities.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The agropastoral recovery project takes place in the northern prefectures of the Central African Republic as part of a DRC-led consortium involving four other international NGOs. DRC intervenes in Ouham-Pendé, Action Contre la Faim in Ouham, Première Urgence Internationale in Bamingui-Bangoran and Triangle in Vakaga. Concordis International intervenes across all four prefectures with social cohesion actions aimed to mitigate tensions caused by seasonal transhumance. The project is funded by the EU Bêkou Trust fund and aims to strengthen rural resilience and support the recovery of production chains by strengthening local capacities and creating jobs in the northern prefectures of the Central African Republic.