Richard has started to realise his dreams in Burundi through work: producing and selling soap. It is thanks to the It can be done! Community Microcredit and Microfinance programme that this boy was able to start up his business.
And here are the results for all to see! You can tell by watching this boy work, and you can also guess just by the look in his eyes as he tells his story.
This is Richard. He lives in Burundi, one of the five poorest countries in the world. He produces soap and is one of the protagonists of the It can be done! programme run by AMU and CASOBU, a local non-profit organisation. Richard joined one of the community savings and microcredit groups, thanks to which he has been able to start an income-generating activity.
In the video below he talks about what he has achieved. Increased soap production (from 20 to 470 kg per day), the hiring of co-workers whom he pays a regular wage, and the purchase of two plots of land to expand his business.
(The project is realised with the support of Regional Law 19/2000 of Autonomous Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region – Regional Law 19/2000)
Watch the video to hear Richard tell his story