Training and help finding jobs

Supporting the socio-professional integration of women in Bukavu through a training cycle and collective structuring

Frères des hommes Africa Project supported in 2022


The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the poorest countries in Africa and faces great political instability. Since the 1990s, the Kivu region has been plagued by violence and conflict. 85% of the region’s population lives below the poverty line and 22% is unemployed. This fragile socio-economic situation reinforces the inequalities between men and women that are already present in the country. The literacy rate is 66% for women (88% for men), only 8.2% of women are members of parliament, and over 60% of women report having been victims of domestic violence. The health crisis has largely contributed to accentuate this phenomenon by reinforcing the insecurity and the financial and social dependence of women.

In this context, the non-profit organization Frères des Hommes, in partnership with the organization for the Advancement of Female Entrepreneurship, helps women of Bukavu to overcome their economic, social, and political obstacles. The organizations are implementing a training program that includes a literacy class, cutting and sewing trainings as well as an empowerment axis.

180beneficiaries: 120 women trained in sewing, 30 women trained in reading and writing, and 30 women leaders arise.

The association

Frères des Hommes aims at:

  • contributing to the development of the underprivileged populations of the world and those of Asia, Africa and Latin America in particular.
  • Contributing in France, to a better sensitization of public opinion on the problems concerning the developing countries.
  • To promote exchanges between the partners of the association, in the North as well as in the South.

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