Born, bred and educated in Rwanda is Chantal, a young entrepreneur passionate about empowering women and the most vulnerable people in the rural communities of Rwanda. In 2012, she started KIDACO (Kinazi Dairy Cooperative) upon realizing how impactful market access could be to rural community members who live in poverty, but have access to a cow due to the Girinka program. “I started KIDACO to help genocide survivors provide for their children.” She says.
The Girinka program started by Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, gave women genocide survivors a cow. Chantal noticed that while the program was very beneficial and done in good faith, its’ impact in the lives of the women in her community could be magnified. In 2012, Chantal took action to further help the genocide survivors by increasing their revenue abilities through her cooperative KIDACO.
KIDACO buys milk from collectors, processes and sells them to consumers. In addition, the cooperative offers basic training for her employees, widening their skill set. So far KIDACO has impacted up to many farmers in her community and has provided jobs for 10 people who serve as milk collectors. Her program has helped community members who ordinarily would not be able to feed their children, do so and pay for their school fees.Today the organisation serves over 3,200 farmers and employs 10 milk collectors to supply both Rwanda and Burundi. “My vision is to help eradicate poverty and hunger among vulnerable people in my community,” she says.