Woman of the Month

From small business to Entrepreunariaship, Esperance UKUNA explain to us how her life and that of her family have changed because of the financial services and the training program of CEMADEF.

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On Saturday January 23, 2021, under the theme « RECOGNITION IS FROM THIS WORLD », the 6th edition of ITURI AWARDS honored CEMADEF with a trophy of excellence for their empowerment and promotion of women entrepreneurship in the ITURI province. The General Director Fanny UKETY took the occasion to thank the organizers for this innovative initiative. She also mentioned that “This trophy is dedicated to the team and CEMADEF beneficiaries, including all the Ituri women who work hard to provide for their families".

The Cooperative Ujamaa Tsere project site of CEMADEF continues to produce good quality organic vegetables for the town of Bunia! This week the site delivered cabbages, carrots, tomatoes and celery. The first clients are always the beneficiaries of CEMADEF’s microcredit program. Whole sale buyers, restaurants, hotels, Monusco expats and the Bamanisa Foundation are all partners of the project who purchase big quanities.

A march organized by the beneficiaries of CEMADEF on April 8, 2019 to denounce the poliation of their land. The beneficiaries are challenging the final verdict announced in the case RP 1245 / CD of the Irumu Peace Court and are asking the authorities to review all the documents in the file. The case has been moved to the court of appeals.


After 12 years of service, the echo of CEMADEF has reached the highest peak of the Democratic Republic of Congo. January 16, 2019, the commemoration date of the national hero Laurent Désiré Kabila, has also become a memorable date for CEMADEF. On this date, the General Director of CEMADEF, Fanny Binen Ukey, was honored with the National Dignitary medal for her contribution to the fight against poverty in the province of Ituri. Her words were the following: 

“First of all, allow me to thank God for this memorable day in my life and for CEMADEF. I dedicate this medal to all the women of Ituri in general and to all the courageous women of CEMADEF in particular. It is thanks to them that we were able to achieve the results that are being talked about CEMADEF today. I also dedicate this medal to all our donors and partners represented by the Association d’Appui aux femmes de l’Ituri (ASSAFI), for their continuous support for these last 12 years. May everyone find here our feelings of gratitude.”

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