They are young, they are women, and these are the reasons why they have all, in a way or another, been submitted to violence from their village or close relations.
“In Burundi, a woman has to suffer where she settled,” Venerande Namaganda says. This young Burundian had to undergo deception and theft from the people she was working with. Like her, a lot of women in Burundi are tied up to their husbands or their village because they have no job and are completely dependents.
The Ishaka project offers micro credit to these women, so that they do not have to stay with a husband or a family who mistreat them. With Ishaka, they realize that they do not need men to earn money.
Arlette Nimbona has been able to start a banana trade, and to pay back her loan. She would like to buy a lorry in order to develop her business.
As far as Zizine Nibigira is concerned, it is the production of eggs that has enabled her to imagine a future for herself: she wants to resume her studies and become a magistrate.
Thanks to micro credit, all these women manage to get back the dignity society had stolen from them.