Through Our Eyes
What do farmers have to say about the Rwanda Co-operative Agricultural Growth (RCAG) project?
We asked co-op members involved in the project to answer that question through the lens of their disposable cameras. The process is called Photovoice, and we used it to understand how farmers are experiencing the many changes they have undergone while participating in the RCAG project.
The result showcases their many achievements – in the field, at home, and in their co-operatives.
We invite you to explore the impact of this five-year effort as viewed through their eyes.
Damien has been a member of IMPAKOMU co-operative since 2008. He believes that his best chance of increasing his income is through working with others. Through his involvement in the co-operative he recently bought a piece of land on which he plans to build a new home.
In his photo, you see him weaving baskets with his wife and daughter. He wanted to show that men and women can work together in all types of activities and there are no ‘women’ or ‘men’ activities.
He also photographed his wife giving school books to their sons. He wanted to highlight how he and his wife make household decisions about finances together.
Dorocela joined UATA co-operative in 2000 and is currently a lead farmer. She credits her co-operative with urging her to diversify her income. She is currently saving for livestock, school fees and to make household improvements.
In her photo, Dorocela posed with a notebook and pen, showcasing her position as a lead farmer. She is sharing with her group the maize growing best practices that she learned.
Dorocela also captured a photo of her corn crop demonstrating what she has learned through her lead farmer training. She is proud of her production and feels that her fields are good examples for other co-operative members.
Spéciose joined IMPAKOMU in 2007 in search of better production and access to markets. Through co-operative training she discovered her talent for basket making. She is currently planning renovations to her home.
Her photo of a woman holding a basket shows how she has diversified her income and the pride she has in her talent.
Spéciose also captured a photo of her pigs. She bought this pig with the money she earned from her maize crop. She uses the manure from her pigs to fertilize her crops and generates revenue by selling the offspring.
We included Photovoice in another of our projects, FOSTERING Ghana, and we’re inviting you to a personal presentation of the results! We’re holding a free webinar on June 7, 2018 from 2pm to 3pm EST.
Join us as we share the stories and photos of Ghanaian smallholder farmers at the end of this very successful project!