Rwandan Producer Support Project
Shared Interest Foundation, working in collaboration with COFTA, received its first large grant this year. The Big Lottery Fund awarded £236,000 to train 50 fair trade businesses over three years in Rwanda.
This new programme will provide three levels of learning suitable for producer groups at different stages of development, ranging from informal groups that are selling on the national markets to those more established organisations that are already exporting. Building on our mentoring experience from previous training, the new programme will include both one-to-one mentoring and group training.
The project started in June and there we made good progress in the first few months including the recruitment of an in-country Project Coordinator Donatien Mungwarareba; formalisation of all related partnerships, hosting agreement with the Rwandan Private Sector Federation and the launch of the first stage of the training process – training of trainers. The 18 Rwandan trainers started the first of four training sessions in which they will learn key international training techniques and will work together to develop a training manual aimed specifically at improving and empowering and Rwandan handicraft businesses.
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