Democratic Republic of Congo – Project Update
We are really pleased to announce that The Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission have awarded This Is EPIC a grant for their Village Savings and Loans projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
100% of the funds will be supporting a project to form 30 village savings loans groups, impacting around 3750 people. We will be directly helping victims of sexual violence with their reintegration into communities. Our Village Savings and Loans groups are the foundation for the successful reintegration process.
Unfortunately conflict-related sexual violence is a chronic problem in the DRC and is a humanitarian crisis. Recent United Nations studies have indicated that over 1,000 women are raped each day. Survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the DRC are often ostracised after initial healthcare and face many difficulties including extreme poverty and instability in their livelihood and future.
Our Village Savings and Loans groups will empower those living in extreme poverty to manage their household cashflow more effectively and invest in their own sustainable income-generating businesses, securing and stabilising their future and supporting community integration.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters, we feel humbled by this grant and we are excited to be able to change so many lives as a result of the funding.