Rwanda: Refugees and Host Communities join forces in the Misizi Marshland to improve their livelihoods
Earlier this year, the farmers produced more than 101 tonnes of maize, of which 37 tonnes were sold to the Africa Improved Food company. The remaining amount enabled the farmers to feed their families.
Ali Abdi fled conflict in Somalia two decades ago and is now a proud business owner and father in Rwanda’s capital.
UNHCR’s partner Kepler provides refugees access to internationally recognized degrees and helps them transform their lives.
“Knowing my HIV status gave me piece of mind – and testing was the only way I could know for sure.”
Support scheme in Rwandan capital and elsewhere sees refugee businesses including Burundian-owned LPG store create 2,600 new jobs countrywide.
“I’m walking with fellow models – all refugees from Burundi – all members of TFM – Top Fashion Models agency. And they’re good. Better than good. They’re great.”
“I am delighted that refugees are integrated in the society. It’s really great to have them here and share their heritage with us.”
“We are grateful that the working environment is peaceful. Our family have regained a positive outlook at life again and we hope for a brighter future.” – Joel
“With the income I make from weaving, I can afford supplementary food or anything I want to buy to enhance the living of my family”
“We want other companies to see the benefits that come from working with refugees” – Theo Hakizimana, Asili Natural Oils Managing Director
Kepler serves over 500 students on its two campuses in Rwanda, 110 of whom are refugee learners.
A specially-designed course helps French-speaking refugees move into the English-based education system in Rwanda.