Send a Cow

Climate Smart Enterprise for the Youth of Burundi

Young people will gain skills & confidence to establish sustainable agri-businesses to support rejuvenated soil, enhance biodiversity & improve food security, whilst reducing environmental impacts of free-grazing. It will lower a youth skills gap & create long term climate resilient youth employment

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (299717)

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Championed by The Big Give Trust


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)




90% of Burundi smallholders rely on farming yet almost a third (29%, UN 2020) of land is degraded, with loss of biodiversity or economic productivity. Soil erosion & poor soil fertility are exacerbated by drought & unpredictable rainfall, fuelling poverty & loss of hope among young people. Over-grazing has degraded the limited land & greenhouse gas emissions negatively impact the climate. Youth unemployment is high. Limited access to training & poor work prospects further affect youth poverty.


We will train 360 young people via Youth Associations (YA) in enterprise development & financial management, helping them to establish agri-businesses. An identified market gap is livestock fodder. By establishing group led fodder growing sites, YA will build diverse income generating enterprises. Once profitable, they will join savings schemes, learn to re-invest in the businesses & understand how to access financial institutions - ensuring sustainable livelihoods & future economic resilience.

  • Kirekura Youth Association, Burundi (64% female) optimised Send a Cow training by cultivating marketable crops and successfully accessing grants to expand their work. With increased confidence to follow their aspirations, young people in Kirekura have discovered no limits on their potential.

    — "We have saved money & now grant loans to members & applied for microfinance to fund new activities"

  • Young people were equipped to develop thriving agri-businesses despite a lack of access to land. The 45-member strong Youth of Tenga Youth Association joined forces using vegetable sales to rent a larger plot to grow maize, soya and sweet potatoes.

    — "Even with small capital, but hard work one can achieve much." Youth of Tenga group member, Burundi

  • "Before the project we were jobless. Currently there are no young people staying at home doing nothing. Every morning, each young person goes to activities that help them improve their living conditions."

    — Youth of Tenga group member, Burundi