Burundi has an urgent need for development. It is one of the hungriest countries in the world; 58% of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition and 1 in 10 children die before their fifth birthday. This is mainly due to poor weather, low investment and plant disease.

Yet Burundi’s problems are also rooted in history: its agriculture was devastated by the 1993 – 2005 war – the culmination of decades of inter-ethnic conflict. Today, climate change, crop disease and the over exploitation of soil have only added to its difficulties.

Some 90% of people depend on agriculture for a living but 67% of people are malnourished. 78% of the population live on less than $1.90 a day and the 2016 UN Human Development Index ranks Burundi as one of the least developed countries in the world - 184th of 188 countries.

Send a Cow began working in Burundi in 2013. As such, Burundi is a relatively new challenge for Send a Cow and one of our smallest country programmes and one we hope to grow.

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"The training helped me change my mindset, and taught me new techniques. We kept our spirits up, and waited for the time when we could realise our dreams. Thanks to the project, we've been able to build a beautiful house paved with cement and lit by solar panels."
Bonaventure Jimbere project, Burundi
Bonnaventure sitting in the doorway of his house with his family

Our Impact

87% of people now own a bed, increasing from just 17%.
The average daily income is now $2.9, a huge increase from just $0.3.
70% of women are confident to take part in decision making, rising from just 17%