Wilderness Sabyinyo & SACOLA’s ongoing community support

Wilderness Sabyinyo supports the surrounding community with kitchen gardens

Through the kind donations of guests visiting Sabyinyo, we have been able to support 26 needy households with vegetable or kitchen gardens. A kitchen garden, known as akarima k’igikoni, is one of Rwanda’s home-grown solutions to preventing malnutrition and stunting. In Rwanda, the term is quite common, because many households have discovered the amazing output you can get from a well-managed vegetable garden. The typical pyramid form of kitchen gardens is found all over Rwanda. The specific structure optimises aeration, nutrients, light and water use across a minimal surface. The project is running in Kanyampereri and Rebero villages in the Kinigi Sector.

So far we have seedlings of nine different types of vegetables that will be transplanted in a few weeks into the actual kitchen gardens. We will return with an update in a few months when all the kitchen gardens are in use by the 26 different households. The total cost of the project was roughly USD2,000, and once we have established how successful and beneficial the gardens are, we are hoping to support more families!

SACOLA continues its support for communities in the vicinity of Volcanoes National Park

SACOLA (the Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association) once again provided support by donating three chickens each to 241 needy families. The support has a value of USD 5,000, most welcome assistance for the households!

SACOLA also provided 60 sewing machines, including seamstress training for single mothers. The machines have a value of USD14,000, and will provide future job opportunities and assist in empowering these ladies. 

At an event held in the Kinigi sector, the SACOLA leaders and Musanze district representatives participated, and advised the beneficiaries on how they could best make use of this support. 

Byukusenge Ahmed who was given chickens said: “I had one chicken and now I have been given three more layer chickens. I am lucky because I now have three hens and a rooster. Before receiving these, I had one that I was looking after and I want it to breed! You understand that I am putting in more effort to make it work. With these chickens, I can say bye-bye to malnutrition! These chickens will help me fight against malnutrition in my family and will lift me out of poverty”.

His friend who was given a sewing machine, Hagenimana Jeanine, said that the machine would help her change her life and that of her baby. She said, “My child and I were in a terrible situation because of poverty, but because of this machine and the training I received I can now look after myself and my family”.

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