Véronique Amoussou is a 20-year-old member of Kpinnou Epicenter in Benin. In 2009, Véronique had to leave school when her parents could no longer afford the fees. Unwilling to give up education, she underwent animator trainings as a partner at Kpinnou Epicenter. After completing skills-training at the epicenter, she put her new skills to use by creating a rabbit farm and opening a small store.
The Hunger Project (THP)-Benin assisted Véronique in constructing her rabbit cages and she began her rabbit farm in 2010 with five female rabbits and one male. The group of rabbits has grown quickly and, so far, Véronique has earned US$280 from rabbit sales.
Véronique is committed to passing on her training to other epicenter members and has already trained seven youth epicenter members, three of whom were girls, on how to care for their own profitable rabbit farms.
The revenue from Véronique’s rabbits has enabled her not only to meet her daily needs, but also to put her savings towards her younger sister’s school fees. Véronique wants to make sure that her sister never has to abandon her education due to lack of money.
Véronique’s goal is to become a farming entrepreneur and to continue to participate in new and innovative income-generating activities. She hopes that her participation at the epicenter is a model for other young women in her area.
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July 12, 2011