One key aspect of the TMEA-funded project with ProFemmes/TweseHamwe (PFTH), a Rwandan umbrella non-governmental organization promoting the values of gender, peace and development, is the focus on women involved in cross-border trade across the EAC and the DRC borders.

Some of the problems experienced by these women were a lack of information on the available
markets for commodities, lack of appropriate skills to better execute their business, and the lack of finance to carry out their business. The programme addressed these issues by providing direct training in different areas of business such as business cycle management skills; book keeping and cooperatives management.

“The project supported us to move from informal to formal trade through the border post; this eliminated illegal trade, gender-based violence including harassment at the border and improved the security for us and for our products. The formal trade improved our profits and household livelihoods” a beneficiary from Jyaheza cooperative, Akanyaru Haute at the border between Rwanda and Burundi.

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