Burundi Friends International

Burundi Friends International was started by a group of women who met at a women’s retreat in May 2007. One of the women at the retreat grew up in Burundi and expressed her dream of helping her country out of poverty. With that, BFI was born.

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Burundi & BFI

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About Burundi

Burundi is a small country in East Africa about the size of Maryland, located between Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Burundi is divided into 18 provinces, with its capital in Gitega. While the primary languages of Burundi are Kirundi, Swahili and French, the primary language of business (and associated opportunity) throughout Africa is English.

About Burundi

Burundi is a small country in East Africa about the size of Maryland, located between Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Burundi is divided into 18 provinces, with its capital in Gitega. While the primary languages of Burundi are Kirundi, Swahili and French, the primary language of business (and associated opportunity) throughout Africa is English.

Burundi is a small country in East Africa about the size of Maryland, located between Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Burundi is divided into 18 provinces, with its capital in Gitega. While the primary languages of Burundi are Kirundi, Swahili and French, the primary language of business (and associated opportunity) throughout Africa is English.

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Empowering Burundi Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

BFI’s Education and Economic Empowerment programming efforts specifically align with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Our mission is to develop and culminate these focuses in order to one day achieve Sustainable Development Goal #1 in Burundi – No Poverty.

Empowering Burundi Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

BFI’s Education and Economic Empowerment programming efforts specifically align with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Our mission is to develop and culminate these focuses in order to one day achieve Sustainable Development Goal #1 in Burundi – No Poverty.

BFI’s Education and Economic Empowerment programming efforts specifically align with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Our mission is to develop and culminate these focuses in order to one day achieve Sustainable Development Goal #1 in Burundi – No Poverty.

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Education & IT

Knowledge is power. BFI works to expand opportunity in Burundi by providing learning materials to the eighteen provinces to propel education and support Burundians in their search for knowledge.

Education & IT

Knowledge is power. BFI works to expand opportunity in Burundi by providing learning materials to the eighteen provinces to propel education and support Burundians in their search for knowledge.

Knowledge is power. BFI works to expand opportunity in Burundi by providing learning materials to the eighteen provinces to propel education and support Burundians in their search for knowledge.

Women Empowered (WE) Savings Groups
Economic Empowerment

Here at BFI, we believe that self-sustainability and economic empowerment are created through education not hand outs. We have been working with women coffee growers to achieve this and meet our goals of ending poverty in Burundi.

Economic Empowerment

Here at BFI, we believe that self-sustainability and economic empowerment are created through education not hand outs. We have been working with women coffee growers to achieve this and meet our goals of ending poverty in Burundi.

Here at BFI, we believe that self-sustainability and economic empowerment are created through education not hand outs. We have been working with women coffee growers to achieve this and meet our goals of ending poverty in Burundi.

50000 Students Served
130000 Books Donated
121 Libraries Developed
1075 G20 Groups Formed

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