Jean-Marie, Grace Neema, and Venant – Closing the Skills Gap for Disadvantaged Communities

Date grant awarded: March 18, 2019

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, over 80% of young people face unemployment challenges and rural poverty levels are increasing. Furthermore, food production is collapsing due to the lack of innovations in the value chain. Jean-Marie Zihalirwa and his team have been operating in Walungu territory since 1996 as Grenier pour le Développement Intégré au Bushi, GDIBU, a non-profit organization that brings capital and training in modern agriculture, entrepreneurship, and information technologies to disadvantaged youth and women. With support from The Pollination Project, boys, girls and the farmers will be gaining job-specific skills they need to become successful in their business.