Empowering Communities

Community food security

Congo Dynamique Initiatives applied a community food security strategy that is an anti-hunger and a community development plan. It addresses multiple needs and problems within a local food system. It is both a goal and a method that embraces the full range of food chain activities focusing on natural resources and agriculture, processing and distribution, nutrition and health, public policy while promoting a systems approach to food problems. Tackling hunger and food insecurity in our communities requires a decidedly effective mechanism. In its fullest expression, Congo Dynamique Initiatives' community food security draws on a range of 2community food system resources, invites the participation of community members, and promotes solutions that reduce food insecurity and build health and well-being of the wider community.

Community food security strategy has three components - sustainability, social justice, and democratic decision-making. Since community food security is concerned with the viability of the natural resource base that produces our food and the current dependence on non-renewable energy sources, it promotes sustainable farming practices. It supports strong marketing channels between consumers and farmers living in the same region to decrease the distance food must travel before reaching its final destination. Social justice refers to the injustice of hunger and food insecurity in a country full of potential like the Democratic Republic of Congo. Social justice also concerns the adequacy of wages and working conditions for all those who earn their livelihoods from the food system.

Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions is an indispensable requirement for peace and stability, without which sustainable development will mean nothing, just like a good intention without dedicated action. The good news is that if we empower those who are struggling with knowledge and resources to take care of themselves, our aims and efforts will synergize by creating an inclusive environment that can generate equitable economic growth and more opportunities for all. If we empower potential entrepreneurs, we will ease the process of reducing inequalities by raising basic standards of living, promoting equitable social development and inclusion, and developing integrated and sustainable management of critical resources.

A bottom-up Solution

To encourage entrepreneurship, Congo Dynamique Initiatives provides startup capital and educational opportunities to potential entrepreneurs, the majority of whom are women and girls, as shown above, living in rural areas in the DRC. We offer coursework in the principles of entrepreneurship and financial management, driving change through innovative products and services they are providing to their communities. That is how we promote human dignity, foster inclusion, and boost economic freedom, which leads to unstoppable bottom-up development.

Our Strategies

We require our members to first take our 2 weeks of entrepreneurship training taught by a committed team of practitioners who are catalyzing creative new ideas to achieve a unique combination of technical and business success that is especially relevant to job creation in conflict-ridden communities like the eastern Congo. Members are supported through the program of creating new ventures with an emphasis on understanding the role of the entrepreneur as a leader whose purpose is to identify opportunities, mobilize resources, and manage the formation and growth of a new venture.

Once educated, members can apply for microloans to start or to improve their small businesses. A loan officer helps a borrowing member through their application process, oversees the lending process, and approves the loan. The typical loan, sometimes as little as $50, which may not seem like much to many people living in the developed world, is enough for the struggling rural Congolese women and girls to establish a small business to create income and secure their dignity. We help women and girls engage in profitable activities to improve themselves and develop their communities.

Identify Problems

We use a research-driven approach to identify issues in the community to design appropriate solutions.

Collaborate

We cannot do it all alone. We work with other community members to effectively solve problems around us.

Educate

Education is a tool we use to tackle real-world issues including extreme poverty and illiteracy.

Microfinance

We provide access to financial services to those excluded by the traditional banks to reaffirm their human dignity.