Giovanni Villafuerte considers himself a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’. However as a two-time VSO volunteer, community leader and a producer, he certainly has mastered enough skills to make him a valuable member of VSO Cambodia. Giovanni is currently working to support farmers to turn their enterprises into robust businesses. Here he talks about the experience as a whole, and the impact he sees.
Salima Begum and her husband Moklaser are farmers living in northern Bangladesh. After years of struggling to grow enough to feed themselves and their family, let alone make a profit, they joined a local farmer group. The group offered training and access to services. Salima's now enjoying significant increases in yields and profits.
The 'Busy Bee' cooperative are living up to their name. Beekeeping start-up kits and training in business skills, provided by VSO, have helped this group of 26 producers boost their income and entrepreneurial skills.
The pine forests of Shangi sector are tranquil. But amidst these trees are densely populated villages of farmers, subsisting in some of the most remote and disadvantaged communities in all Rwanda.
British volunteer Stephanie Green spent two years in Ghana working to help Shea nut processors become financially independent businesswomen. She returned earlier this year- and was delighted to see that the women are thriving, independent of VSO support.
Electrical engineering expert volunteer Richard Asaku has raised educational standards that prepare young people for the world of modern work in the deprived Lindi and Mtwara regions of Tanzania, as part of a VSO project.
Its impact is clear. Before this programme less than one in three graduates were in work within two years of leaving school. Now more than half are employed within six months; a fantastic achievement thanks to the "Enhancing Employability Through Vocational Training" (EEVT) programme.
Northern Uganda has long struggled with development after years of conflict. Many children and young people were displaced during the fighting and their education suffered. VSO volunteers are working in the Gulu region of Uganda, supporting young people access a range of employment, educational and agricultural training opportunities. Helping put lives back on track.
Chairman of the Lacan Kow Lewet cooperative, Bosco Onyaobo, explains how the project has transformed his life.
Northern Ghana can be very dry, and due to climate change there is less and less rainfall every year. For farmers, making the most of water is vital. Volunteer Peter Okoth, an agricultural expert from Kenya is working to support the farmers in the region. Introducing new techniques to conserve water, increase yields and sustain farmers’ incomes.