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© 2021 Opportunity InternationalOpportunity International United Kingdom is registered as a charity in England and Wales (1107713) and in Scotland (SCO39692).

Where we Work

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

With a surface area equivalent to that of Western Europe, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. It remains one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 135 out of 157 countries in terms of human capital. It’s population remains heavily underbanked; it is estimated that 25 million people out of a population of about 88 million are outside of the financial system, with just 14% of the population having an actual bank account.

 

‘Roots of Change’ project: Gemen

Gemen is one of the two locations of our “Roots of Change” project, which is supported by the UK government and aims to increase the economic empowerment of women in rural DRC.

The project provides access to modern farming techniques and improved agricultural inputs (seeds and fertiliser) which increase crop quality and yields. Access to market data and safe storage facilities also enhance female farmers’ ability to negotiate the best price for their crops.

To improve the status of women both at home and in the community, the project engages local opinion leaders and male family members with the benefits of increasing women’s participation in economic activities, as well as addressing the distribution of household responsibilities. Through training, women’s leadership skills are developed, strengthening their voice and decision-making power in the household and marketplace.

‘Roots of Change’ project: Kinshasa

Kinshasa is one of the two locations of our “Roots of Change” project, which is supported by the UK government and aims to increase the economic empowerment of women in rural DRC.

The project provides access to modern farming techniques and improved agricultural inputs (seeds and fertiliser) which increase crop quality and yields. Access to market data and safe storage facilities also enhance female farmers’ ability to negotiate the best price for their crops.

To improve the status of women both at home and in the community, the project engages local opinion leaders and male family members with the benefits of increasing women’s participation in economic activities, as well as addressing the distribution of household responsibilities. Through training, women’s leadership skills are developed, strengthening their voice and decision-making power in the household and marketplace.

Our Impact

In partnership with the UK government and trusted local microfinance partners, Opportunity is delivering real social and economic change, through an innovative rural programme, to over 2,000 women in the poorest regions of the country.

2,000
women have been trained in gender, financial literacy and Digital Financial Services
66%
report that relationship within their household has improved since joining the programme, one third report an increase in decision making power.
68%
of women report an improved diet in 2020 compared to 31% in 2019
74%
of women satisfied with the financial training provided.

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