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Building a life after conflict

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...


VIDEO: Dream weaver in Guatemala

  8 March 2017 - In remote rural areas of developing countries, women are often relegated to house chores or on-farm labour because of a lack of literacy and numeracy skills. In Guatemala, for example, Maria Ana Gonzalez had been trying to make more out of her weaving skills, but she was unable to calculate and keep track of the cost of her materials and labour. Her small business was limited to selling a few hand-made items at the village market. Things changed when Maria Ana joined an IFAD-supported programme on financial literacy and access to markets, where she was given the tools and support needed to develop her off-farm business. Now Maria Ana is earning 90 per cent more profits than when she first began weaving. Watch the video to learn more.

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Peru: The Majaz case

In 2001, Monterrico Metals plc., acquired 8 mining concessions in Peru, one of which concerns the Río Blanco project in the north of Peru. If everything goes as planned, said project will involve opening one of the largest open pit copper mines of Peru, clearing the way for a large-scale mining district in the High Amazone region with serious social-economic and ecological consequences.


Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

As climate change continues to devastate rural farming, one IFAD project is using stem plantation to help farmers adapt.

Over 400 million poor rural people have participated in programmes and projects supported by IFAD and partners around the world, and they all have stories to tell. Here are some of those stories, featuring women and men who are working to overcome poverty and determine the direction of their own lives. These ground-level accounts of hope and empowerment reside on the Rural Poverty Portal, powered by IFAD.