Rwanda is most known for the genocide it endured in 1994, which saw the death of 20% of the population. This massacre left this small East African country in a state of devastation, with thousands of people orphaned and displaced. The infrastructure was widely destroyed and the economy collapsed.
Over 20 years later, Rwanda is still one of the poorest and least developed African countries, with nearly two thirds of the population currently living below the poverty line. The people regularly face a food shortage, in a country where 90% of the population relies on subsistence farming.
Woman in rural areas are particularly vulnerable. Emerge poverty free is working to help them towards an independent income, empowering them to break free of poverty and increase gender equality.