Vincent is a small-scale farmer in Rwanda. To make more money for his family he takes work as a casual laborer whenever he can. He also often helps technicians in the plumbing industry as they repair water pipes and earns about $1.50 CAD/day for his efforts.
When ADRA started the EMBRACE project in his village, Vincent’s wife decided to join. They have four young children together and they had heard that the EMBRACE project would teach them how to keep their children strong and healthy. It was also said that EMBRACE would teach them ways that they could improve the family income and build stronger relationships with their children and their neighbors.
Vincent smiles with a new found joy as he stands together with his wife and children.
Vincent’s wife adds fresh greens from their organic kitchen garden to the meal that she is cooking for the family.
Every time that Vincent’s wife came home from an EMBRACE meeting, she was full of enthusiasm about all of the things that she was learning about health, nutrition, and home gardening. One day, Vincent asked her if there were any men in the group. He was interested in going to the classes himself but was not sure that he wanted to be the only man! After about three months he finally decided to join, even though he would be the only male.
Being a group member enabled him to join the small savings and loans group that EMBRACE had started. Vincent had never held a bank account before. Getting a small loan to cover a family emergency had meant going to a neighbor or a loan shark who would charge a lot of interest. Now, as a member of EMBRACE, he was saving money every week, just as if he had a real bank account! He and his wife have a new wonderful secure feeling in their hearts, knowing that if they ever need a small loan to cover a medical expense for one of their children, they will be able to easily get one from the group.
The agricultural training that they learned from EMBRACE has changed their lives! With the new, drought-resistant seeds they got from ADRA, the family has seen a 500% increase on the income from their farm. The kitchen gardens that they have started around their home are producing a variety of organic vegetables. Their family now enjoys a healthy, balanced diet.