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MA PREMIERE EXPERIENCE DANS MON ASSOCIATION(SUIE)

Nous les avions initié aux petites activités d’autofinancement comme: la fabrication des braises, l'organisation d'une petite caisse de secours à travers le ristourne, la vente des poissons fumés qui étaient produits à une centaine de km de leur village...
- Nous nous étions fait des agricultrices également pour mieux palper du doigt leurs difficultés

Pour cela:
- Nous y allions au moins 3 fois par semaine, traversant l'autre rive du fleuve Congo en pirogue, très tôt pour rentrer très tard le soir (parfois à 19h dans nos maisons respectives). Et toutes n, nous le faisions avec beaucoup d'amour, de plaisir et de passion si bien que lorsqu’on était obligé de changer de milieu , c'est avec regret qu'on quittait ces femmes.
Quand mous avions remarqué que leurs maris constituaient parfois un blocage dans notre travail, nous avions décidé de genrer nos activités en embarquant même les hommes.

Nous n'avons jamais oublié la victoire que nous avions remportée auprès de ces femmes lorsque nous avions réussi à les convaincre à cultiver le (Vigna) dont elles sont devenues vulgarisatrices plus tard.

Voilà en quelques lignes , le résumé de mon expérience à Kisangani.Je vous donnerai celle de la province du Sud-Kivu
très prochainement. Merci et à très bientôt
Jacqueline Lutala

English translation by PulseWire member MsCadet

We initiated the women to small activities of self-financing such as: the production of coal, the coordination of a small emergency fund, the selling of smoked fish that were extracted 100 miles from their village.

-We, in turn, became farmers as well so that we may have a hands-on understanding of their difficulties.

To do this:

-We at least go there three times per week by crossing the other side of the Congo River on a canoe at early dawn. And we return late at night (sometimes we get to our respective homes at 7 pm). And we do it all with love, a lot of love, and with pleasure and passion, that when we had to change our environment, it was with regret that we left these women.

When we discovered that their husbands at times blocked our work, we decided to alter our activities to even include the men.

We will never forget the victory we gained with these women when we manage to convince them to cultivate the (Vigna). They were then able to become trainers/mentors much later.

Here, in a few lines, the summary of my experience in Kisangani. I will later provide my experience on the province of the South of Kivu.

Until next time. Thank you

Jacqueline Lutala

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TRANSLATION

We initiated the women to small activities of self-financing such as: the production of coal, the coordination of a small emergency fund, the selling of smoked fish that were extracted 100 miles from their village.

-We, in turn, became farmers as well so that we may have a hands-on understanding of their difficulties.

To do this:

-We at least go there three times per week by crossing the other side of the Congo River on a canoe at early dawn. And we return late at night (sometimes we get to our respective homes at 7 pm). And we do it all with love, a lot of love, and with pleasure and passion, that when we had to change our environment, it was with regret that we left these women.

When we discovered that their husbands at times blocked our work, we decided to alter our activities to even include the men.

We will never forget the victory we gained with these women when we manage to convince them to cultivate the (Vigna). They were then able to become trainers/mentors much later.

Here, in a few lines, the summary of my experience in Kisangani. I will later provide my experience on the province of the South of Kivu.

Until next time. Thank you

Jacqueline Lutala

Jacqueline Lutala's picture

Carte Postale AFEDECO

Carte postale de l'AFEDECO
Historique:
l'Afedeco a vu le jour le 25 janvier 1994 à Kisangani(Province Orientale RDC) à l'initiative de quelques membres l'ASF(Association des Anciennes Élèves de la Sainte Famille, Pensionnat Albert Ier de Bukavu, actuellement Lycée Wima)celles ci étaient soucieuses de dépasser des simples des simples rencontres à caractère mutualiste afin d'évoluer vers un mouvement associatif de développement.D'abord AMADEC, (Action des Mamans pour le Développement Communautaire, elle devint AFEDEC (Action féminine pour le Développement Communautaire ) et enfin AFEDECO.Implantée depuis 2002 à Kinshasa où se trouve désormais son siège national, l'Afedeco fonctionne en structure déconcentrée, ses entités provinciales (Province orientale et Sud -Sud-Kivu jouissant d'une autonomie organique et de gestion.
Sa devise:
- Travail de la femme, Espoir pour toute la communauté. Elle constitue à la fois son emblème et son slogan.
Ses Objectifs:
- Améliorer les conditions de vie et de travail de la femme en milieu rural, péri-urbain et urbain.
- Éveiller la femme sur son rôle dans le développement socio-économique de sa communauté.
Ses Stratégies d'intervention:
- l'appui tant matériel, financier que pédagogique à la base
- la sensibilisation sur ses différents domaines d'intervention
- l'encadrement des masses féminines désœuvrées par l'apprentissage des métiers en vue de leur autonomisation
- l'initiation des micro-projets d'auto-financement
Ses domaines d'intervention:L'Afedeco est une ASBL intersectorielle qui œuvre dans:
- Sécurité alimentaire
- droits humains et particulièrement de la femme
- violences faites aux femmes
- Éducation
- Environnement
-Santé et nutrition
Son rayon d'action:
- Province du Sud-Kivu en général et plus précisement : la ville de Bukavuet le territoire de Mwenga
Ses Réalisations:
- Sensibilisation aux droits de la femme et de l'enfant , aux IST/SIDA, aux violences domestiques à l'égard de la femme à Mwenga.
- Mise en valeur des parcelles de démonstration de: patates douces, Manioc, arachides et Mais à Mwenga.
- Réinsertion socio-éconmique des femmes victimes des violences sexuelles à Mwenga
- Réinsertion socio-économique dans la ville de Bukavu des femmes déplacées victimes des exactions à l’intérieur de la province du Sud-Kivu
-Organisation des sessions de formation sur ses différents domaines d'intervention
Perspectives d'avenir:
-Intensifier et/ou étendre ses activités dans tout le rayon d'action.

Ali Shahidy's picture

Creative

Dear Jacqueline,

The initiative you took was amazing. As you know, being financially dependent to the opposite gender is another major reason for gender based violence or gender inequality. Therefore women need to build working and professional skills and be exposed to works or financial resources - that's so crucial.

The other creative work I have noticed in your post was that you didn't attempt to escape men or stay resilient, but you even struggled to involve men which is of great bravery and creativeness.

We look forward for your next posts.

Ali Shahidy

Myrthe's picture

Thank you

Dear Jacqueline, Thank you for telling us about the activities of your organization in Kisangani. I like how you not only work to empower women and to increase their financial independence but also include their husbands in your work. That is very important! I also like that you mention that some of the women who participated in your programs, later became trainers and mentors themselves. They can use their own experiences in their training.

I am looking forward to reading more about your experiences!

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