RAJEDES are all about creating opportunities!

RAJEDES are all about creating opportunities!

RAJEDES seeks to impact youth through their holistic development programmes. It aims to promote democracy, solidarity, and conflict resolution, all of which profoundly affect and are affected by young people.

A core conviction is that the government can only succeed when youth concerns are addressed because the demography of the country is so young. That is why youth advocacy is at the fore, and training in micro-finance and entrepreneurship has yielded significant fruit and empowerment. Many young people otherwise facing unemployment have benefitted from their work.

On top of general business skills, they also teach soap production, hairdressing, sewing, and more. Participants often go on to build flourishing businesses which end up employing more people, multiplying the positive impact of their work.

They also use sports as a means of outreach to local young people through their team RAJEDES FC.

RAJEDES stands for ‘Rassemblement des jeunes pour le dévelopment socio-économiques.’ which translates as ‘Gathering young people for socio-economic development’. They primarily work in more deprived areas of Bujumbura, Burundi’s largest city.

Simon Guillebaud Introduces RAJEDES

Stories from RAJEDES:

Mediatrice selling cassava

Taking Flight Together

“The man and the woman are like the two wings of a bird. Unless the female wing is flourishing alongside the male wing, humanity will not take flight. So to support the woman is to support the world.” This idea underpins the new Women’s Empowerment initiative from RAJEDES as they

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Eric in his clothing stand

Booming Business in Buj

Unable to finish his degree and unemployed, Eric was an orphan who had responsibility for his younger brothers. Their prospects looked bleak, but thankfully he was able to join a training and microloans group run by RAJEDES, who work in some of the poorer parts of Bujumbura. Thanks to this

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building a house from handmade bricks in Burundi

A Desire for More

Born into a low-income family, Desire’s parents couldn’t afford a lot for their children. Passionate and driven to be great, Desire always felt like his way out of poverty was to have a university degree. Unfortunately, after completing high school, he failed the national exam, which would have granted him

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innocent poses inside his shop

The Young Entrepreneur

After completing Year 9 at High School, Innocent found himself looking for a job. Further education simply wasn’t an option because of lack of funds. Thankfully, our partner RAJEDES was able to support Innocent as he explored ways of becoming financially independent. RAJEDES focuses on creating opportunities for young people

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