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500.000 Burundian households connected to digital solutions.
In Burundi, only 6% of the population uses the internet, ranking as the lowest internet penetration rate worldwide. AUXFIN is changing this number quickly by offering digital technologies to the rural population. In 2022 AUXFIN Burundi has succeeded in reaching half a million people on a regular basis with digital solutions that contribute to their development.
Munezero Arlette and her family were once big spenders. For her, she liked to buy clothes all the time without a real need to do so. Every day she and her family spent a lot of money in various expenses. She then began to follow the finance training provided by Auxfin Burundi through the FinanceCoach app.
For Nzibanora Monique having a kitchen garden is very useful for her family. Monique N. shares that from her kitchen garden, she sometimes sells vegetables at the market and uses the money to supplement her husband's income, which is often insufficient to meet the various needs of the household.
Nicayenzi Gerard benefited from FinanceCoach training. From there, he understood that if he wants to get out of poverty, he must, among other things, manage his money well and start saving. He decided to learn pastry and started a small business of selling samosas.
Ciza Laurent is an old man who, before, could not save his money in a bank account because he did not understand the need for it. Nevertheless, since he got the financial knowledge contained in FinanceCoach, he has understood that it was out of ignorance that he did not keep his money in financial institutions; that doing so guarantees security for his money and that it is important if we want to advance financially.
Before being trained in finance management by FinanceCoach, NDIKUMAGENGE Audace used to spend all his money carelessly and therefore could not have any savings or make projects. However, eversince he learned how to manage well his finances, he changed his way of thinking.
Yvette lives in Nyanza-Lac, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The people there are used to eating fish from the lake and this was the case for Yvette. She had the opportunity to be trained through NutritionCoach.
Nahitanglye Emmanueline and her husband preferred to eat small fish every day because they live on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Emmanueline N. testifies by saying that through NutritionCoach app, she learned that a balanced diet is essential to acquire good health.
Ndayishimiye Violette’s diet was mainly made of carbohydrates. After being trained on how to eat well for good health, she then began to take vegetables, beans that are rich in proteins but she quickly realized that this was not enough to maintain her body well; it was then that Violette N. realized she need to add fruits to her diet.
Nininahazwe Micheline changed her mentality, before she used the family resources for trivialities especially in celebrations like the baptisms of children. After learning financial management through Financecoach, she realized the mistakes of her household and consulted with her husband and they both concluded to organize their harvest of bananas, and avocados well and to distribute the expenses well. Now expenses are planned in advance and they set aside money for projects. Her husband encourages her to participate in G50 meetings more because he appreciates the teachings received.
Projet Gr-1 is one of the most dynamic G50s in Nyanza-Lac/Makamba province. Despite the fact that it was formed recently, the members responded massively to the call of coming together, learn and do development projects together.
In Cankuzo, Cibitoke, Bubanza and Makamba, sorghum is one of the crops that grow well in those areas and farmers cultivate it from a long time. When they harvest it, they consume it as flour in different forms and sell the rest to the market in their localities.
Bogorwa Gr2 is a G50 located in the small town center of Nyanza-Lac Commune in Makamba Province. This province is among the new provinces where the G50 approach was recently launched. The members were excited when they were sensitized about G50s. They quickly decided to join forces in pursuit of their own development.
To achieve inclusive and sustainable development, it is essential to have the community unified around common goals. Auxfin’s G50 approach promotes financial and social inclusion of all G50 members.
Evelyne M. is young wife and mother of one who joined the G50 after getting married to a young man who was already part of it. She tells her story: “I have been using AgriCoach for almost one year eversince I got married. I hired a small land in the previous season, and I planted beans based on AgriCoach techniques.