Project Goat: Women Farmers
In June 2013, BFI sent $7,800 to the International Women’s Coffee Association – Burundi Chapter to support women farmers. A group of 110 women were given two goats. Board members and volunteers visited this group while in Burundi this summer of 2014 and reported that the goats are used for producing manure to fertilize the women’s coffee plants, and provide milk and butter for their children. In the future, the offspring of these goats will pay for the children’s medical fees and school tuition.
Project Marketplace Fire
Following the January 27, 2013 market fire in Bujumbura, which left the country of Burundi devastated, both economically and physically, BFI sprang into action.
We donated $5,000 to WISE (Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment) Bank, a Burundian micro-finance organization, to provide funding to 50 small businesswomen who lost everything in the fire. Additionally, we donated $5,000 to AFAB (Burundian Women Entrepreneurs Association) to pay membership fees, interest on loans, and collateral coverage for women attempting to obtain their first business loan. This is in keeping with one of our main missions – to support self-sustaining business opportunities and entrepreneurship.
Burundi Friends International (BFI) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. We invite you to contact us to volunteer and join in our work to end poverty and create self-sustaining opportunity for Burundi, or donate to support BFI’s mission.