Our Story in Côte d'Ivoire
Sponsor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects
To combat extreme poverty and the high unemployment rate in the region, ICAJ is committed to stabilizing the economic infrastructure in 11 villages to empower the local community. Activities like building kiosks and restaurants, human development training, and support for diverse farming projects aim to help the people improve their living standards.
Sustainable Farming 2017 - present
In cooperation with ICA Côte d'Ivoire, we started to provide tools for the people of 11 villages to launch local farming projects. Vegetables are being grown and sold at the markets, agroforestry fields have been created, and thirteen chicken houses have been constructed with an incubator that has been provided as well. Additional training and education for the people give them access to the knowledge necessary to maintain and further extend these activities. Building a new, independent local industry decreases the high unemployment rate within the region, while giving the highly motivated population the chance to actively participate.
Our long term objective
By focusing our efforts on enabling the local community to reach a long-term balance and sustainable way of life, we are aiming at decreasing the villages' dependence on NGOs and other kinds of support from the outside. In order to establish a participative community, ICA staff also holds trainings in leadership and community development, which many villagers, especially women, show an eagerness to learn.