The organisation Imbumba Yamakhosikazi Akomkhulu (IYA) was established in 2005. RULIV was apprached to provide capacity building aimed at empowering the IYA to act as champions in improving the lives of women and children in rural communities. This included ensuring that rural women were actively involved in planning and implementation of socio-economic development interventions, had the ability to manage their organisation together with the capacity to support abused women and share and document lessons learnt and best practices.