August 27, 2016

Sustainability

One of our key objectives is to generate 100% of funds required for Nibakure’s operating budget through sustainable income sources. Reaching full sustainability will allow continued growth. One day, providing a community safe haven for several families in Kanazi.

Agriculture

  1. Orchard & Greenhouses: Nibakure has invested in four (4) greenhouses, an orchard with avocado, banana, mango and papaya trees. Once we have a consistent yield, the surplus will be brought to the local markets and the funds from the sale will help cover operational costs making Nibakure increasingly self-sufficient.
  2. Outdoor vegetable gardens: Nibakure Village has partnered with Light The Way Church in Cottage Grove, Minnesota to develop outdoor gardens starting in February 2016. The gardens produce onions, eggplants, cabbage, kale, green peppers, cucumber, squash and several other vegetables. During the rainy season, the yield is excellent.  The issue is producing anything during the dry season.  We are looking for support to dig a well and install a sprinkler/drip system that would help in watering the gardens without paying monthly charges for city water.

Livestock and Husbandry

Livestock provide food and nutrition for the community, while also giving them tangible assets with which they can improve their livelihoods.

  1. Cows: We have two pregnant cows which will give birth in early 2017. Once we can milk the cows, they will bring nutrition and sustenance. Today, the cows are providing a stable income for one family (shepherd and his wife) and is a source of soil nutrients via manure to assist small scale cropping activity.  We have developed a biogas system which gives us manure (fertilizer) for our orchard; greenhouses; outdoor gardens as well as cooking gas for the shepherd and his wife.
  2. Biogas: Biogas is produced through anaerobic (without oxygen) digestion of manure slurry, resulting in the release of methane gas. The gas can then be captured and safely stored underground to fuel a domestic cooking stove. Biogas systems reduce greenhouse gas emissions by preventing methane gas from manure from being released into the atmosphere. They
    also contribute to the conservation of natural resources by replacing wood-based cooking systems.  Biogas systems are ideal for Rwandan farmers who own dairy cows, because they allow them to harvest energy for cooking at a very low cost.
  3. Rabbits: Rabbits are easy to manage, require little space, breed prolifically, and are a good source of protein. The breeding of domestic rabbits, has become a boon to many communities in most districts across Rwanda. A family with 100 rabbits will never cry for food or other needs like students’ uniform and health insurance. We are working hard to get to 100 rabbits in less than a year.

Future opportunities

  1. Drilling wells for the community: One of our pressing goals is to bring safe water to the village of Kanazi through the drilling of at least two wells; to teach good health and hygiene methods; to assure sustainability of the wells through local community partnership and commitment for oversight and maintenance. Each well will provide clean water to over 500 people who will no longer have to hike steep hills to fetch their daily water supply.
  2. Guest house/Multi-purpose facility: The plan is to have a guest house to house visitors (faculty, students, and volunteers) primarily from our main supporters such as Hope College, Light The Way, etc. This will create revenues for the organization’s operations as well as provide the village with other technical resources.