• We vow to protect each other at all costs in order to improve each and everyone of our lives. From this day forward, our agreement will be recited weekly, to re-enforce the absolute necessity of our will.

  • When the community gathered to discuss the upcoming changes to the program, a number of people expressed concern over loosing access to financal and health mentors.

  • When my sister and I were reviewing photos of the newly built pig cages in the village north of here, we thought we could build even better cages that would eventually hold more pigs.

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  • Conduct Village assessments

    Select participants

  • Participants build housing for pigs

    Pigs for Peace training and group begins

    Collect baseline data on participants’ health, economic stability, community rejection

  • First wave of participants receive pigs

  • Continue Pigs for Peace groups

    Collect data on participants' health, economic stability, community rejection

    Collect data on pigs’ health

  • Pigs give birth

    Pigs for Peace training and groups begin for second wave

  • Second wave of participants receive pigs

  • Continue Pigs for Peace groups

    Collect data on participants' health, economic stability, community rejection

    Collect data on pigs’ health

  • Repeat Village Assessments

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Team member observations from the field

The last decade in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has seen the use of rape as a weapon of war, where rebels and soldiers subject women and girls to brutalizing attacks, rape, torture, and mutilation. Survivors of rape are often further traumatized by infections, disease, poverty, stigma and social isolation. Pigs for Peace is a collaborative study designed to test the effectiveness of an innovative, village-led microfinance program on sexual and gender based violence survivor's health, household economic stability, and reintegration to family and village.

We invite you to learn more about the Pigs for Peace project and our efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of microfinance programs to improve the health and well-being of these women.