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Help a woman living in poverty become financially independent through the Wezesha Project!


smiling women with babiesThe Wezesha Project is the name of ERDO’s microfinance program in Burundi. Working in one of the world’s poorest countries, we empower women to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

In Swahili (one of the main languages in the region), “wezesha” means “empower” – and this is the work of the Wezesha Project!

This program provides small business owners with access to financial services and business management training from which they are generally excluded because of their gender. Traditional banks in these areas do not want to lend money to women because it is considered too risky, too administratively-intensive, and without sufficient profit.

Microloans give women the opportunity to expand their businesses, increase their income and better provide for their families. The program works exclusively with women business owners because they are primary caregivers for their families and have the least amount of access to financial services in developing countries.

How You Can Help?

Your donation of:

  • $75 will provide 1 woman with a microfinance loan and business management training
  • $375 will provide 5 women with microfinance loans and business management training
  • $750 will provide 10 women with microfinance loans and business management training

Want to learn more? Read the Wezesha Project FAQs!

Thank you for your support!




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