Survivors Fund (SURF)

Widowed Survivors Livelihood Project

A sustainable livelihood project to support widowed survivors of the genocide in Rwanda through training and facilitation of income-generating activities.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 January 2011 to 12:00 PM, 1 December 2011


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1065705)




  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




SURF has been working with a group of women survivors, all members of AVEGA (Association of Widows of the Genocide). At present the group has no sustainable source of income At present they are dependent on subsistence farming to survive. This project aims to empower them to rebuild their lives through secure employment through a cooperative that will generate a sustainable income to enable the women survivors to support themselves and their dependents.


The initial objective is to build trust among the women and teach skills that the women will be able to use for income generation over the long-term. The primary intervention chosen is the teaching of sewing skills and basic business management skills. The plan then is to confer with the women about their intentions to move beyond a purely social affiliation with each other and toward the formation of a cooperative.