Rutana is located in the south-eastern part of Burundi; a region where most people depend on agriculture for a living. The odds for daily survival are tough since land is becoming scarce and the soil is generally low in nutrients. This means that people rely on fertilizer for a good harvest, but as fertilizer is expensive, it remains inaccessible for many. Since peace was achieved in Burundi, large numbers of people who fled during times of conflict have returned to the country. These returnees are often landless and add to the social strains of the already densely populated country.
Thanks to three goats, this woman and her family have now become self-reliant (photo: M. Peru)