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Overview

Rwanda has made significant progress in recovering from the devastation of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi population. However, 39.1 per cent of the population still live below the poverty line, while 16.3 percent are classified as living in extreme poverty – lacking access to essential supplies and services.

Challenging issues include high population growth, underdeveloped agriculture, poor access to sufficient nutritious food (especially in the south and south-western districts) and limited sources of income outside agriculture.

Our work

As much as possible, we seek to work with the church to support those most vulnerable to extreme poverty.

All eight rural districts we work in share common issues of extreme poverty and high numbers of vulnerable people, including women, orphans, and at-risk children and young people. They have high numbers of genocide survivors, most of whom have physical disabilities and other permanent injuries.

The districts are also susceptible to natural disasters and the effects of climate change, such as drought, flash flooding and landslides. This has had a grave effect on agricultural productivity and incomes.

Tearfund works with a number of partner organisations in Rwanda. The focus is helping people find new sources of income, and encouraging entrepreneurship skills. Much of this work occurs through self-help groups – small-scale community savings schemes. This means people from low-income backgrounds have knowledge and skills to take advantage of local investment and business opportunities.

Our impact

Jilbert gives a customer a lift on his bike taxi in Kigali. He was able to set up a bike taxi cooperative with support from a self-help group run by his local church. Credit: Marcus Perkins/Tearfund

Jilbert gives a customer a lift on his bike taxi in Kigali. He was able to set up a bike taxi cooperative with support from a self-help group run by his local church. Credit: Marcus Perkins/Tearfund

Please pray for Rwanda

  • Thank God and pray for continued peace and stability in Rwanda.
  • Thank God and pray for the steady growth of self-help groups in Rwanda. Ask that God would continue to use them to alleviate poverty.
  • Pray for God's intervention in climate change which has affected weather patterns, causing frequent drought conditions and overly heavy and destructive rains.

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