Women's Commission and IRC Launch Economic Aid Project for Burundian Women
The project seeks to improve access to savings and capital acquisition by creating local village savings and loans associations. The program’s staff will also conduct discussion groups with association members and their spouses to help them develop new skills and to promote more equitable roles between men and women in household decision-making.
The Women’s Commission study is funded by the U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and will test the theory that increasing a woman’s economic and social power decreases her vulnerability to violence in the home. The IRC project in Burundi is one of six such pilot projects around the world that is part of the larger Women’s Commission study.