Nyiransabimana Immaculee, a resident of Mukarange Sector in Kayonza District, helps women to turn their backyards into kitchen gardens. She has trained 760 women since 2008. Having a kitchen garden, popularly known as akarima k’igikoni, is in line with the Rwandan government’s campaign designed to fight malnutrition.
After completing her own training programs in Uganda and Kenya, courtesy of Women for Women International, Immaculee returned home to help other women. Ever since, she has worked in Nyamirama, Rwinkwavu and Kabarondo sectors as a trainer.
In addition, she partnered with KURA Project in Murama Sector to train women from a local association of coffee growers. Apart from introducing simple but highly effective farming methods, Immaculee is teaching rural women to produce organic pesticides and manure. Her passion and dedication to the craft is undeniable.
Many families in Kayonza area and beyond have benefitted from her work. More and more people are now eating better as a result of the training programs she has been running.
Kitchen gardens have proven to be even more useful during the coronavirus pandemic. When the lockdown was instituted earlier this year, many women were able to work from home and feed their families.
Uwamahoro Maea, from Murama Sector, is one of many beneficiaries of Immaculee’s training. She applauds her teacher’s efforts and recognizes the role of Women for Women International in enabling her to make a difference. “I grow carrots, onions, greens and cabbages in my backyard. I prepare healthy meals every day and send extra produce to the market. Thanks to my kitchen garden, my life during this challenging year is a lot easier.
Kitchen gardens have become common household projects across the country. The mini farms optimize aeration while getting the most out of limited space.