The Send a Cow project supported by Rwanda's Green Fund works with communities to ensure the sustainable management of natural resources and environmental rehabilitation for poverty reduction. Working with 600 vulnerable households, Send a Cow is supporting Rwandans to tackle major environmental challenges including soil erosion, vital soil nutrient depletion, deforestation and unsustainable agricultural practices and energy sources. Coupled with expert training, households are receiving livestock as a source of animal protein and income as well as manure for composting and organic fertilizer. The manure from the cow is also being used to produce clean energy through use of biogas digesters.
Vulnerable families have also been provided with solar lanterns. Fully charged, they will provide up to 30 hours of light as well as the capacity to charge mobile phones and other devices. Great Lakes Energy is providing the lights and training in how to use them. Send a Cow Rwanda provided the initial capital, which will act as a revolving fund so that more people can access the solar energy.
Over a period of three years, this Green Fund investment will deliver sustainable land management, renewable energy and environmental rehabilitation.
Output 1: 600 vulnerable households in Rwamagana District have implemented techniques to tackle major environmental challenges such as soil erosion and vital nutrient depletion
Output 2: 600 vulnerable households in Rwamagana District have solar lanterns and energy saving stoves and 96 HH have community biogas plants
Output 3: 600 vulnerable households in Rwamagana District have implemented environmentally sustainable agricultural practices resulting in a greater diversity and quantity of crops
Output 4: Investment is efficiently managed, monitored and evaluated
Send a Cow Rwanda, Great Lakes Energy, local District and Sector leadership