COFAPRI is based in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The organisation empowers women through encouraging income-generating activities such as the rearing of livestock.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (République démocratique du Congo), formerly Zaire, is located in Central Africa, with a short Atlantic coastline (37 km). It is the third largest country in Africa by area.
Although citizens of the DRC are among the poorest in the world, having the second lowest nominal GDP per capita, the Democratic Republic of Congo is widely considered to be the richest country in the world regarding natural resources.
War has made the life of women precarious, and violence against women seems to be perceived by large sectors of society to be normal.
Women continue to face major problems of violence in the wake of war in the eastern DRC, including domestic violence which has become ingrained in a culture of violence. Due to the predominance of rape being used as a weapon of war, there are many children born of rape.
COFAPRI works to give a voice to the women and the girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC.
COFAPRI was set up in 2009 by husband and wife team, Mugisho Theophile and Bahati Valérie, to empower women and girls, educate them about their rights, and to empower them through encouraging income-generating activities such as the rearing of livestock.
COFAPRI works closely with local leaders and encourages men's participation in awareness-raising events in order to raise the status of women and girls and change ingrained cultural attitudes.