The animal rearing project began early in 2010 with just one pig and three rabbits.
COFAPRI members who participate in this project are provided with a piglet each. When this pig begins to reproduce, the women sell the piglets (this is also the process with other animals). Thus, the pigs that the women breed provide an income.
Male piglets are not shared among members; they are kept by the person whose pig produced them. If there are two male piglets, for instance, the owner keeps one and takes another to COFAPRI. Once mature, then people around, who also have pigs, will be bringing their female pigs to it in case they need a male. This is done by depositing some money to the owner who will in turn take the money to COFAPRI. This money will be used to purchase another piglet that can help another team.
The rearing of animals has allowed these women to contribute financially to their households and also towards their children’s school fees. For these women, such contributions are evidence of their independence.
Side Benefits - Fertilizer
In addition, animal dung is utilised as fertilizer for crops such as banana, potatoes, beans, maize, sorghum, soya, and cassava. The crop harvest then increases and the women are able to receive an income.
Animals are also used for meat, either to eat or sell; hens are also used for eggs.
There is currently still no farm to place the animals, so they are reared at the beneficiaries’ compounds. But COFAPRI already owns a piece of land where all its activities will be carried on once construction is done.
There is still need for getting construction funds.