Rénilde Buhembe is one of many rural women who were forced to flee when civil war broke out in Burundi. With IFAD's support, she is now rebuilding her life and the lives of her six children through livestock and dairy production. ©IFAD/David Paqui
7 March 2017 - Rénilde Buhembe, 54, is a mother of three (two girls and a boy) who lives in the village of Rwingiri in Gitega province in central Burundi. She was widowed at age 18 and when in 1993, civil war broke out, she took in three more little boys who had lost their parents in the conflict. To feed the six children and herself, Rénilde worked as a labourer on local farms, earning Burundian Francs (BIF) 700 (US$0.40) a day.
In 1995, rebels occupied her village and she could no longer find work. Her life was miserable. Without food or money she fled, taking the six children with her as she was afraid the rebels would force them to become child soldiers. They travelled to...