Since the genocide in 1994, Rwanda has introduced economic and structural reforms to reduce inequality, especially gender inequality. But there is still work to be done: although women make up over 50% of Rwanda's parliament, women in rural areas have yet to see the benefits. And despite being one of the fastest-growing economies in Central Eastern Africa, more than 60% of the population still live below the poverty line.
We work alongside our partners to enable them to increase their reach and impact. In Huye, we focus our work on the people who have been left behind by development: single mothers, young people who are not in employment, and sex workers. We work with these groups to develop the skills they each need to earn a sustainable, safe income.
In Rutsiro, we work with the people who grow one of Rwanda's most well-known exports: coffee. We offer training in finance and business management to ensure coffee farmers are able to make a fair profit from their work. And we work with its members to encourage more women to join the co-operative, so that rural women have the skills they need to provide for their families.
Find out how you can support our work in Rwanda.
Want to support women living in poverty - by drinking coffee? Read more about the coffee partnership that is changing lives in rural Rwanda.
Our volunteers are working with some of the most marginalised people in Rwandan society: sex workers.
What we do in Rwanda