Combating extreme poverty

The FXB village Kanyosha project aims to strengthen the resilience of 100 extremely poor families, 250 adults and 450 children, in order to sustainably lift them out of multidimensional poverty. Beneficiaries will be provided with livelihood skills training and an in-kind grant to start an income-generating activity. The project includes the provision of nutritional support and access to water and medical care, together with a schooling program enabling out-of-school children to be educated and giving young people access to vocational training. Children and caregivers will also be provided with psychosocial support, in the form of individual, couple and group counselling in order to help them deal with the health and social consequences of poverty, illness and trauma.

The Swiss association François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB-International) was founded in 1989. Its mission is to fight poverty and AIDS by helping orphans and vulnerable children affected HIV/AIDS, and by strengthening the social and economic capacities of their families and communities. FXB International is active in Burundi, China, Colombia, India, Mongolia, Uganda, DRC, Rwanda, and Thailand.




Health / Education / Environment / Community Development


December 2020 - November 2023


Kanyosha / Burundi

With whom

FXB International (Association François-Xavier Bagnoud)



10.9 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 280/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
65% (2014)

Literacy rate
62% (2016)

Human Development Index
185th out of 189 countries (2018)

Burundi is one of the five poorest countries in the world. Following the civil war which ended in 2005, the country transitioned implemented significant improvements to consolidate peace and security. The political crisis in 2015 led to an increase in violence and instability, displacing over 300,000 people. Progress has been made regarding the net enrolment rate and gender parity in primary school, vaccination coverage and slowing down the spread of HIV/Aids, and the literacy rates among adults improved from 52% (1990) to 62% (2016). However, almost one in two households is food insecure and almost half of the children are stunted. Access to water and sanitation is very low and less than 5% of the total population have access to electricity.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.