In order to reduce poverty and improve women’s self-reliance, two measures have been selected: poultry farming (improvement of a local breed) and Red Sokoto goat breeding in the communities of Dankassari and Mantankari.
The project was launched in the second semester 2012.

Poultry farming

It consists in granting (as a loan) 12 hens and 2 cocks to each of the women belonging to selected groups located in villages of the two communities, amounting to 25 recipients per community (i.e. one group per community). Refunding is to be made in kind over a year, differed by 6 months. Hens and cocks are to be sourced locally.

Breeding

The project aims at promoting Red Sokoto goats. It consists in granting (as a loan) 3 she-goats and one he-goat to each of the 25 women belonging to the groups, with a total of 75 he-goats and 225 she-goats per community. The project provides the livestock imported from Maradi. The recipients contribute by funding 20 000 CFA (30 euros) to build the shed and 10 000 CFA (225 euros) cash for insurance. The community contributes to the whole project by funding 150 000 CFA (225 euros). .

The participants

  • The Sahel Agro Training by Swisscontact : provides the initial livestock capital and trains 4 women selected from each group involved in poultry and Red Sokoto goat breeding, so that they can monitor the other women.
  • The community’s breeding service takes in charge the sanitary supervision.
  • RAEDD relies on its agents to monitor management by collecting and redistributing the capital with the help of the beneficiary groups
  • The recipients are responsible for building the sheds, for covering the communal agent’s expenses, the fodder and the insurance.