Our Graduation programme is an extremely effective way of moving vulnerable households out of extreme poverty. It helps programme participants with income support, skills training and mentoring in order to meet their goals and essentially ‘Graduate’ from poverty. Currently, 4,000 households (that’s 24,000 people) are participating in this programme in Burundi and working their way out of poverty.
With the series of cash transfers, skills training and coaching that Violette received from the Graduation programme, she was able to start her own business selling banana juice twice a week, earning herself a weekly profit of around 10,000 – 15,000 BIF (€4 – €7). Although this might not seem like a lot, it was the first step in completely transforming Violette and her family’s life. You see, Violette knew exactly what she needed to do next.
She started saving what she could each week until finally, she had enough to purchase a goat for 55,000 BIF (€26). Now, thanks to her bananas, she had a goat and thanks to her goat, she had nutritious milk and premium manure.
Goat’s milk is an excellent source of protein and calcium (especially important for young growing children) and their manure can be used to fertilise crops and vegetable gardens. Better yet, Violette could sell any surplus milk at the local market, earning her that bit more. Pretty good work for a bunch of bananas right? However, Violette did not stop there.