Burundi : Thérèse, a mother and widow, launches her restaurant "The Umbrella "
- Her guests are mainly bike taxi drivers from the small neighboring bike station. They wait for their breakfast before riding their bicycles in the streets of Bujumbura with their clients. Placing her restaurant next to the bicycle station ensures daily attendance of clients..CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Vanessa Sharp
- With ICRC’s 200’000 BIF (about 120 USD) cash fund for her restaurant project, Thérèse also invested in a table and two benches to welcome her clients. Opening her own restaurant was her dream since she lost the first restaurant she was running with her husband.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Vanessa Sharp
- Since Thérèse opened "The Umbrella", other women also benefit by selling avocados and other fruits to accompany the dish. As the plates empty, chores, accounting and clearing up begin. In a few hours, for the lunch break, Thérèse will serve other clients at her second restaurant in the market, where she works with other women in precarious situations.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Vanessa Sharp
- After a busy day, Thérèse rests a little, then goes to the market to prepare for the next day. Since she has been able to make some savings for her kids educational and medical needs, she sleeps more peacefully. Thérèse's story is an inspiration to those who have not had the same success with their projects, but who’s precarious situation has started to improve thanks to the financial aid.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Vanessa Sharp