In 2007, the Imali programme was launched as a means to improve the lives of widows and child headed households through the use of psychosocial support and Income Generating Activities (IGAs).
The Imali programme groups these vulnerable people in cooperatives and trains them in growing tomatoes and mushrooms in greenhouses. Once harvested, the cooperatives make enough money for members to be financially independent.
Through this project:
• 22 cooperatives were established in 16 districts,
• 171 beneficiaries were trained on greenhouse management and marketing skills in nyaruguru districts,
• 73,445 kgs of tomatoes were sold by beneficiaries since 2011, generating an income of USD 50,490.