Report to the control visit concerning the Courage-projects in Vienam
The visit in the region Thua Thien Hue from 30 March to 08 April 2012 was done to control the results of 2011. In the focus were the 2011 newly accrued women and the bio-gas facilities.
Help for single women: In 2011 altogether 61 women in four municipalities were supported. Dependent on the month they were involved into the project they have sold at least once pigs and bought new piglets. The selling of three animals of 50 kg yields to a revenue of 270 to 300 €. That means the women have suddenly more then the poverty level of 1 US$ per day. Those women who started in summer 2011 could sell two to three times her pigs. All 61 women who were supported in 2011 by Courage had still three pigs in the barn.
If the piglets leave the breeding station and were handed over to the women they have to get a "diet" due to the very different fodder proposal. Therefore Courage e.V. provides for some time concentrated feed. Nevertheless in 2008 and 2009 some animals died after the handover to the women. In considering of this experience, Mrs. Hien byes heavier piglets (15 kg) now. They are more expensive but have a more stable health to survive the change from the breeding station to the women. Due to the immediate relief of NfH (Networker for Humanity e.V., Heidelberg) Courage e.V. could replace 66 animals which were drowned during the typhoon in autumn 2011.
Bio-gas facilities: These plants gave a very strong impulsion to have as much pigs in the barn as possible which is the one precondition to get a bio-gas plant. These facilities are very coveted and Courage has not enough money to fulfil all demands. The bio-gas plants provide gas/energy for cooking always and fast. It is not necessary to spark a wooden fire as before. Nevertheless, the displeasing fetidness disappears.
Who has not enough semi-liquid manure because the pigs were just sold tries all to continue the bio-gas production. One collects animal-excrements at the neighbours, the other plant remains.
Our co-operation partner - the Women’s Union: For the Vietnamese Women’s Union we are exactly that partner who works in the sector for which they are responsible: the abatement of poverty and the equality of treatment of women in everyday life. The responsible persons appreciate our commitment for the single, needy women because it is very hard to help them due to the low education level. For instance, it was impossible to the needy singles to get a credit for building a house. Generally the Vietnamese Women’s Union pays 50 per cent for a stone house; the other half has to be paid by the future owner or by a credit. After enclosure into our project the women from the poverty list became creditworthy.
Financial charging: Due to the above-named reasons the costs for the equipment (3 piglets, barn, change over fodder, qualification) for the women, who can then without any further financial support earn a continuous income, increased considerably: from about 250- € in 2010 to now about 350,-€.
Overall impression: The project becomes drive and the results in keeping pigs became more stable and all women earn more money then before. The chance to earn money self-propelling was accepted. Exceptions become rarely. Even women who meantime reduced the number of pigs have now three pigs again. Others have by drive of their own and with own money enlarged the stable to have enough place for saws, shoats and piglets. Thus it can be fed with the special fodder. In Huong Tho two women supply a company who sells piglets supraregional.