Matching basics needs to potential business opportunities
helps build a healthy and diversified economy and becomes an
important foundation of rural development. Rural livelihoods are
enhanced through effective participation of community
members in the management of their own social, economic and
EDEM strives to empower people in Ile-a-Vache, particularly
women, youth, local cooperatives by applying a bottom-up approach to
help meet their basic needs through the transformation of local
products, expansion and market of local products.
Rural employment is key to the retention of skilled
people, as well as youth, in rural areas.
EDEM sees significant potential for rural job creation not
only in farming, but also in building rural infrastructure and in
the sustainable management of natural resources.