The Cercle d’Autopromotion pour le Développement Durable (CADD) is a network of women’s organizations that struggle against their vulnerability. It has been active since 1993 –revolving around women’s groups that got established in the market of Cotonou’s agglomeration– and it was officially founded in 2000. The CADD is part of the CADTM (the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt).
The CADD’s objectives are to improve the living conditions of the poorest populations, the economic and social promotion of women in their fight to transform society, and, lastly, the search for social and economic justice. The CADD works in the following fields: managing the self-managed microcredit systems; training in the management of economic and microcredit activities; global citizenship and human rights education; promoting women’s leadership; the community development; citizens monitoring of State’s local and national actions; mobilization and advocacy campaigns on the challenges of globalization. The network acts in three different intervention areas: Cotonou’s urban area, the rural areas of Toffo, Ouagbo, Abomey-Calavi and Tori-Bossito, and the lacustrine area of Sô-Ava-.
The CADD intervenes in the following fields: microcredit self-managed system; training in the management of economic and microcredit activities; global citizenship and human rights education; promoting women’s leadership; developing institutions and organizations; developing the community and supporting women’s organizations in their dialog with the local authorities. Mobilization, advocacy and lobby campaigns are also organized about the challenges of globalization (debt, privatizations…).
cadds project with Quinoa
CADD provides support to women’s groups in the form of micro community projects that they identify as a way to improve their living conditions.
The volunteer group participates in the day-to day activities of one the local groups. They stay with a family in the rural area so as to familiarize themselves with life in the Beninese rural areas. Volunteers take part in the exchange workshops and help out –financially and, as far as possible, with their participation– in the implementation of a micro project that the women choose themselves (financing the construction of a windmill, of a literacy classroom, etc.). Additionally volunteers have introductory classes to the local language the Fongbé.
Collective activities with the community of women’s groups are organized–market gardening, savings-credit or construction). Daily routine and intercultural interactions: immersion with the families while experiencing their day-to-day life; organized visits to historical sites; getting to know the local cultural wealth; playing with the children; going to local festivities and much more.
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