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Burundi consistently ranks among the world’s most food insecure nation with more than 61% of its population living below the poverty line (World Food Programme). We help fight hunger in Burundi by investing in its' people.

The long-lasting effects of war and poverty in Burundi have especially impacted women and children. Women are the leaders of many households, and these households are fragile due to a lack of resources. Nine out of ten Burundians depend on agriculture for their livelihood, yet their limited farmland is devastated by deforestation, drought, war, and overfarming.

Plant With Purpose in Burundi 

Plant With Purpose has partnered with Burundian farmers since 2008. Our work in Burundi is built on local knowledge and leaders in the community.

Restoring Hope and Dignity

We partner with local churches that actively disciple community members and address community needs. Farmers of all ethnic backgrounds are collaborating to plant seeds of peace and reconciliation through Plant With Purpose. Churches are empowering community members and raising local leaders. As food security increases, we are witnessing spiritual revival restore hope and dignity.

Partners for advancement in Burundi

In September 2020, Plant With Purpose launched a pilot partnership with HOPE International in Burundi. Plant With Purpose will train 1,850 farmers who are members of HOPE’s local savings groups in regenerative agriculture. The partnership focuses on collaborative program implementation, innovation, research, and evaluation for shared learning and impact. It’s too early to know the results, but we are hearing and seeing signs of lives changing.

Expand the Work in Burundi

Key Stats

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Program Watersheds
540
Savings Groups
12,961
Participating Families
77,896
People
159
Church Partnerships
7,378,105
Trees Planted
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Meet Some of Our Partners from Burundi

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Virginie Supports her Husband in Exile

Virginie Supports her Husband in Exile

Virginie is a farmer and the mother of six children. In 2017, her husband went into exile in Tanzania, and she became the head of the household. “I was so poor that even our children's school fees, firewood, and daily rations were a big problem. … It was in 2019 that I decided to join the Purpose Group organized by Plant With Purpose which has now become a second family.” Through her Purpose Group activities, Virginie was able to purchase livestock and increase food production so much that her children are able to eat three times a day instead of only once like before. When her husband in exile fell ill, she was able to send money for his medicine. Today, Viriginie is truly a pillar in her household and community. She helps her neighbors who are in conflict and plans to start a small business selling improved stoves.

Meet new Purpose Group participant, Ella

Meet new Purpose Group participant, Ella

Ella lives with her husband in the Siguvyaye I watershed, where Plant With Purpose began work in fiscal year 2022. Ella has been a Purpose Group member since August 2021. She shares her experience less than six month into our partnership: “These training sessions led me to change my cultivation methods to prioritize environmental restoration and generational health. I decided to make compost using leftover crops, kitchen scraps, and manure from the barn. I planted different varieties of agroforestry trees during this silvicultural season and finally saw an increase in soil fertility and conservation. … With only this short time spent with Plant With Purpose, I am completely changed. My perspective now is directed towards bodily and spiritual self-development. I have learned to finally serve as a role model in my family and to those around me.”

Ernest, a partner through HOPE, transforms his agricultural land and his life

Ernest, a partner through HOPE, transforms his agricultural land and his life

Ernest has been a member of a savings group through HOPE International for eleven years. Through this group, he and his wife received “loans to buy agricultural fields and begin a small business. However, agricultural production remained low and undiversified.” In 2021, with the support of Plant With Purpose, agroecology training was introduced to Ernest’s savings group, and he was selected as the local facilitator. “Although I was considered a modern farmer in the community, I learned a lot of things that I did not know before. … Learning about the importance of agroforestry and native trees in restoring soil fertility prompted me to buy an unfertilized field. I plan to plant various species of agroforestry trees there to restore soil fertility to that of a natural forest. After a few years, I will plant crops in expectation that the fertility of this field will be restored due to the integration of trees.” Today, Ernest no longer has to buy vegetables at the market to eat, and he has the knowledge to expand his productive agricultural lands.

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2008, we started working in various parts of Burundi. Currently we work in some of the most rural areas of Burundi in four different provinces with plans to expand our program to new areas. Burundi is one of the poorest and most food insecure countries in the world, not to mention the amount of deforestation that has taken place over the past few decades resulting in more families living in conditions of poverty.
Yes, it is relatively safe for our team in Burundi to work. The local leadership plays a key role in keeping a pulse on the security situation and protocols (if needed) to navigate uncertain and/or unstable periods of time.
We begin our work in the most rural areas where families depend on the land for survival because they have the skills and abilities to improve their conditions and work with their community to develop a better way of life.
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Our Global Impact

Thailand

  • 34 Purpose Groups
  • 1,634 People Served
  • 57 Church Partnerships
  • 1,439,264 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Thailand

    Tanzania

  • 489 Purpose Groups
  • 58,344 People Served
  • 275 Church Partnerships
  • 15,971,317 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Tanzania

    Mexico

  • 226 Purpose Groups
  • 14,633 People Served
  • 82 Church Partnerships
  • 975,218 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Mexico

    Haiti

  • 585 Purpose Groups
  • 84,234 People Served
  • 110 Church Partnerships
  • 5,135,452 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Haiti

    Ethiopia

  • 132 Purpose Groups
  • 12,787 People Served
  • 55 Church Partnerships
  • 535,574 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Ethiopia

    Dominican Republic

  • 284 Purpose Groups
  • 39,944 People Served
  • 147 Church Partnerships
  • 14,285,179 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Dominican Republic

    Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • 369 Purpose Groups
  • 88,370 People Served
  • 127 Church Partnerships
  • 2,967,355 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in the DRC

    Burundi

  • 540 Purpose Groups
  • 77,896 People Served
  • 159 Church Partnerships
  • 7,378,105 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Burundi

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