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Flonira Mukamana lives in Musanze District, Northern Rwanda. Flonira joined the Tree Tomato Women's Cooperative, supported by Oxfam, in 2009 and is now the Project Community Facilitator. Before joining the cooperative she was a widow earning only 500 francs a day to support her 4 children. Since joining the cooperative she has earned enough money to renovate her house, grow her own tree tomato plantation and send her son to China for his studies. In doing this she has broken perceptions of women in her community who are now valued and respected for their contributions to the household.
Oxfam has been working in Rwanda since the 1960s. Today, Oxfam acts as a catalyst and facilitator bringing people together to influence how change happens. Working closely with civil society, private sector and government bodies, we create partnerships, build capacity and facilitate access to skills, knowledge and technical expertise, to bring about long-term changes to the lives of people living in poverty.
Women’s economic empowerment is a key part of achieving this.