|Partnering with Co-operatives|
The Together Partnership was born out of our desire to support Ikirezi Natural Products - a Rwandan co-operative. We are always looking to support other co-operatives in the same way as we have supported Ikirezi and can draw on the extensive experience of our Scottish partners, not only with Ikirezi but also with co-operatives here in Scotland.
Ikirezi and the Together Partnership are working together to actively put our charitable objectives into action. TTP has provided a great deal of sponsorship in kind to Ikirezi including business consultancy, design services and mentoring.
It takes six months after planting to harvest the first geranium leaf material, plus 2-3 months for field preparation. The widows and orphans are often in poor health (many are HIV/Aids victims) and traditionally depend on subsistence farming to make a living. So they can’t wait 8-9 months for the geranium’s first harvest, and prefer to abandon this potentially more remunerative business to work for a more immediate source of income.
Ikirezi has identified two areas where additional funding is essential. First, extra money would allow widows to hire help to do the heavy preparation work, thus shortening this period. Secondly, extra funding could provide them with an income while they wait for the geranium harvest.