1. 65% of our population are under 25
Our population is very young. There are limited employment opportunities for young people in Burundi which can lead to low self-esteem.
Ripple Effect Burundi works to support young people in financial literacy and developing savings and loans schemes. Our young people have an entrepreneurial mindset and when equipped with skills and knowledge come up with innovative ways to diversify their incomes from their families’ farms.
2. 90% of Burundians rely upon subsistence farming
Like other countries in the Great Lakes region, Burundi is subject to severe environmental constraints (global heating, deforestation and soil degradation). Our agricultural sector suffers from low productivity, serious structural problems, and is highly vulnerable to changes in rainfall and climate.
Climate-resilient agriculture is not widely practised in Burundi and current extension services lack capacity and skills which leads to food insecurity. Ripple Effect Burundi is working to change this by introducing farmers to drought-resilient seeds and planting indigenous tree species on community land.
3. Gender inequality is a significant issue
Women do not have the same rights as men in our country. They cannot legally inherit land. In the organisation of households they are responsible for collecting firewood and water, for cooking, cleaning and childcare as well as most agricultural work. Despite this heavy workload, men continue to control household resources and decision-making.