Five Talents

Empowering 1,500 families in DR Congo

The people of DR Congo have lived through the deadliest conflict since World War II. Five Talents will provide basic literacy and business skills training along with access to a safe place to save and borrow small loans, so that beneficiaries will have economic empowerment and freedom.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1113969)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£37,500

Amount raised

£75,330

Donations

97

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • "We must use the skills we have. Then others will help us to help ourselves. Together we can help our people have a better life, now."

    — Bishop Ande Titre, Diocese of Aru, DR Congo. The Bishop was addressing community leaders as we launched the programme.

  • "We must use the skills we have. Then others will help us to help ourselves. Together we can help our people have a better life, now."

    — Bishop Ande Titre, Diocese of Aru, DR Congo. The Bishop was addressing community leaders as we launched the programme.

Situation

Decades of conflict in DRC has killed millions. As the country focused on conflict, building basic services was neglected. Education, water, agriculture, and health sectors particularly suffered. Currently, 7 out of 10 women in Aru are illiterate and innumerate. Rape has been a weapon of war and gender based violence (GBV) is common. Without business skills, a place to save and borrow small loans, families have no way to grow the businesses they rely on, empower women and rebuild their lives.

Solution

We will provide basic training in literacy and business skills. We’ve seen our work succeed in other unstable contexts, such as post-conflict Karamoja in Uganda. Five Talents will help families identify, develop and increase their local resources. We will train gender based violence champions to combat violence against women. We know a literate and numerate woman is empowered to become a leader in her community and a woman who earns an income is empowered to be a decision-maker in her home.