Lawang Foundation

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Lawang Foundation

dakar, SenegalDakar, Senegal
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We will teach women in the DRC how to read and write. Using these skills, they will participate in the reconstruction of their communities and establish peace in the DRC. Once a woman learns to read and write, she can run her own business and pass her literacy skills on to her children.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

We use basics literacy to help women not just to live but to the thrive.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Over 30 years of war has shattered the DRC as infrastructure, economy, and ability to provide basic services such as education. A Congolese woman has just over a 50% chance of being able to read and write. She probably does not have access to a secondary school education and may have had only 2 years of primary school. She has no hope of ever being able to take part in the leadership and decision-making of her country.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our programs in DR Congo include business and vocational skills, rights awareness and health education classes, and emotional support. our program teaches women literacy and writing skills. Program graduates will become businesswomen, farmers and community leaders; supporting our conviction that stronger women build stronger nations. Ceramics production: women learn to create practical household items for sale in local markets and tiles for our Women's Opportunity Center in Rwanda Bread-making: program participants learn the basics of baking and earn an income from the sale of baked goods. Other courses include: Agribusiness, Livestock, Tailoring, Soap-making, Culinary Arts, Small Business Management, Beauty Care and Brick-making
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We will set up evening classes in Bandundu and Kinshasa Provinces through out the week from monday to friday for 3 hours a day (especially those in rural areas), teaching them the basic literacy, Agribusiness, Livestock, Tailoring, Soap-making, Culinary Arts, Small Business Management, Beauty Care, Brick-making Our programs will help more than 20,000 women at the end and these women will benefit from it even when our initial intervention have come to an end.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Creating a literate society in the DRC is a way of engaging women in creating lasting change and stability within the country. If we can stabilize the women we serve, they can in turn help stabilize their communities and their countries. We will teach 5000 women in the Democratic Republic of Congo basic literacy. Our program teaches women literacy and writing skills. Program graduates have become businesswomen, farmers and community leaders; supporting our conviction that stronger women build stronger nations. •On average, graduates nearly double their income over the course of the yearlong program. •91% will save a portion of their income •99% will acquire knowledge of good nutrition. •98% will have knowledge of their rights •77% will be participating in social networks and safety nets

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our model of sustainability will include these strategies We will partner with many companies & businesses in Congo. Their role is crucial for the success of this program. The companies and businesses will be encouraged to make financial investment in the lives of these women. These women will be in the position to fill many of the positions that are available through these companies once they complete their training or start their own business.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There is a Chinese proverb that say "Give me a fish and I eat a day; teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime" this is what is happening in Democratic Republic Congo, many organaizations are conducting their work in order to help women but they concentrate their effort on giving whenever the need is presented not teaching them and this is oncly at the East of the country not knowing that other provinces are facing the same problem. DRC has a population of 56,625,039 we might not be able to give to everyone so we will teach them and will be operating in Bandundu and Kinshasa for a start.

Founding Story

Imagine that you never feel safe, not even in your own home. You are perpetually at risk of violence, rape, famine, disease, and displacement. You, or someone close to you, have been the innocent victim of endless conflict. Countless armed groups pose a constant threat, and your family may be forced to flee from your home at any time. TOTANGA is a project founded by Rosine Mbwelesi a Congolese Young girl who grew up in Congo during the war and decided to create a grassroots humanitarian and development organization helping women survivors of wars rebuild their lives. access social and economic opportunities through a program of rights awareness training, vocational skills education and access to income generating opportunities.


Rosine Mbwelesi


Anuradha kumari's picture

Good steps to make business. Good one Rosine.

Very informative article. Sounds good.

Great idea, sounds like helping many poor

Rajeev Kumar's picture

Hi Rosine , you guys are doing good. Educating every woman for simple means of communication. Great job. :)

Jack Smith's picture

Nice project, good one.

Shankari Kumari's picture

Lawang foundation is doing really nice project which is a social service. I like it.

J Thomson's picture

I appreciate this project. Good one,

Michel Lawrence's picture

Sounds good, Thanks for the nice article.

Danial Bell's picture

This article will helps in improving the business and Literacy of the nation. Good one.

Panther Anat's picture

Good article on business.

Alexter Cook's picture

Really great job Lawang Foundation, Great work.

Kareena D's picture

Great efforts Lawang, good one,

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Nice job Lawang, we really need these kind of social service organization in the world. Good one.