International Women's Day The Burundian business woman building a more peaceful and prosperous community “We decided to return to Burundi, not because we thought we would be safe but because we feared dying far from our family.” In spite of their fears they returned home only to find that their home and belongings had been taken. They were destitute and had nothing. They were living in a divided community with a constant threat of violence. At this critical point in her life, Pascaline became part of Cord’s project ‘Peace through Empowerment of Returning Women, Children and Youth’. This initiative works with women, children, youth and other vulnerable groups as they return and attempt to settle back into their communities. It builds peace at a number of levels: Setting up savings and loans groups which help reduce poverty Enabling people to access psychological support Educating about conflict and how to avoid violence Cord’s work to build peace has transformed Pascaline’s life and community. She became part of a Self Help Group where she was trained in Conflict Resolution & Non-Violent Communication. Pascaline has also learned about loans, savings and small business management. “My confidence and wellbeing have improved through training and support received from Cord.” Pascaline now runs a small successful business and supports her family. She heads up five Self Help Groups which help to build a more peaceful and prosperous community. “With the other women leaders, we are proud that we can contribute to greater cohesion in our community which is still exposed to divisive factors.” This project and others like it are made possible by your generous donations. Thank you for your continued support for our work to make peace a reality in places where people don’t have the freedom to exercise their rights.