Democratic Republic of Congo
Sustainable Livelihood Development Program (SLDP) is being implemented in Uvira area of the South-Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo to create new livelihood opportunities. SOCEO is working as the consultant to the implementation of the project offering all-round support to the Congolese implementing partner OPDE. The project is funded by ChildFund Deutschland and Hand in Hand-Fond.
Uvira is the district town of South-Kivu, a province of Democratic Republic of Congo. The area has been an epicentre of the Congolese wars in 1996-1997 and 1998-2003, which highly affected the lives of 10 million people in Eastern Congo. Limited by poor infrastructure, inhabitants also face challenges in terms of availability of quality educational or health facilities. The opportunity for a sustainable livelihood is very limited in the area. There is no real scope of industrial or commercial employment. Agriculture provides livelihood and escape from hunger for 95% of the population. However, problems such as lack of electricity, lower productivity, over exploitation, pests, etc. negatively affect the agricultural income from time to time. Therefore, development of alternative sources of livelihood is an imperative for the area.
One of the important aspects of SLDP is its focus on sustainability and ownership. As a part of its strategy, SLDP aims to empower the community to take over the ownership of community-based entrepreneurship development. In Uvira, the same has been targeted with the creation of the ‘Business Forum’, a community based organisation (CBO) of the entrepreneurs for the entrepreneurs, working for counselling, peer-learning, troubleshooting and start-up funding. It is a space that binds the likeminded, entrepreneurial local youth together in their journey as a closely-knit group.
SOCEO monitors the entrepreneurship trainings through remote guidance over the internet and scheduled visits to Congo. Wherever SOCEO is involved as consulting partner in the implementation of a project, it works closely with the local partner to ensure the sustainability of the initiative and to profit from local know-how.
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