Rebuilding lives in Rwanda
Anastasia survived the Rwandan genocide, but all 10 of her children died during the conflict.
It's almost impossible to imagine the horror she lived through, or the pain she must carry with her.
We were marginalised. Our children couldn’t go to school, they were chased away. We hardly had any food. We only ate once a day and sometimes wouldn’t eat at all.Anastasia, Rwanda
Anastasia is not Hutu or Tutsi, but another ethnicity called Batwa. This former tribal community have been looked down upon and shunned in Rwandan society.
But, thanks to people just like you, Anastasia was able to raise her voice and stand up for those around her…
Working with SCIAF partners she attended classes and training on her rights, and how to run a business. Thanks to a small loan, she started growing maize and beans to sell and eat.
Today we eat twice a day. I no longer have to beg for food. I have enough to eat. I have enough clothes to wear. On Sunday we can go to church and look smart. It’s done a very great thing in our lives.
But Anastasia’s story doesn’t end there. Thanks to these changes in her life, she was empowered to become a community leader.It was difficult and there were struggles, but she stood up for her Batwa community and fought for their rights.
I told them I am old and don’t want to campaign but they told me ‘No, keep doing it’. Now I am on the local authority advisory council. I also represent Batwa women at a local level. I always wanted to be a leader one day... Now I am.