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Burundian women are called on to undertake to boost the family economy


Jan 17, 2023

GITEGA January 17th (ABP) – The Burundi Development Authority (ADB) in collaboration with and the center for development and enterprises in great lakes (CDE), organized on Friday January 13, 2023 in Gitega (center of the country), a regional consultation workshop on the socio-economic and cultural barriers to the economic empowerment of women, with a view to supporting them in becoming independent entrepreneurs and citizens.

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The Director General of the ADB, Mr. Didace Ngendakumana, pointed out that those regional consultations are organized with the aim of supporting the government of Burundi in its policy of raising awareness among girls and women to undertake, by eradicating all obstacles to female entrepreneurship. On this basis, Mr. Serges Nsabimana of the ADB indicated that the 2020 statistics show that women represent between 18 and 19% of the creators of single-member companies; 29% of traders registered in the commercial register and nearly 80% of cross-border traders. He pointed out that the quality of their investments leaves something to be desired because, he said, most of those cross-border traders trade in chickens, eggs, fruits, ice cubes, clothes, to feed families and support themselves in basic needs.

Panelist Nsabimana also pointed out that the lack of access to bank loan and land, cultural barriers, lack of knowledge, illiteracy and the lack of a platform for networking businesswomen, are the main challenges that prevent women to undertake. Even if this is so, according to Nsabimana, it is necessary to invest in women in order to improve the health of the family and the quality of the education of the children, to fight against poverty, to create employment, to develop the community and transform the structure of the economy.