The Canadian Friends of the Maison Shalom in Rwanda

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Burundian refugees

Burundian refugees living in Rwanda, in the refugee camp as well as in urban centres, face a number of problems related to living in exile:

  • A lack of the means of subsistence;
  • Difficulties in schooling children and young people;
  • Despair resulting from the insecurity of living conditions;
  • Juvenile delinquency resulting from idleness;
  • Psychological disorders.

The objective of this project is thus to help Burundian refugees to emerge from extreme poverty.


  • Provision of training for women that will enable them to support their families.
  • Provision of microcredits for female refugees working in groups of solidarity who wish to develop activities that will generate profitable incomes. These women are widows, with children aged under 5 and live in great poverty. Their monthly incomes are between RWF 50,000 and 100,000 (USD 60-120), which prevent them from covering their basic needs of housing and food for the family, let alone schooling for their children The provision of microcredit can avoid them having to beg and enable them to increase their income by managing a small business, to survive and satisfy their basic needs.
  • Coaching for these women so as to maximise their chances of success with their small businesses.
  • Provide psychological support to women and their children following the traumas they have experienced.

Success indicators for the project

  • Number of microcredits provided;
  • Rate of microcredit repayment, enabling the money to be re-used to help other women as well as increasing the social impact of the project.

Myriad Canada is working with the Maison Shalom in Rwanda to implement this project. The Maison Shalom is a non-governmental humanitarian organisation, which was set up in Burundi at the height of the crisis in October 1993 to create a new generation and so avoid the cycles of violence. Following the political and security crisis that has rocked Burundi since 2015, the Maison Shalom Burundi went into exile in Rwanda. Between 2016 and 31 December 2017, 367 households comprising 1,300 people have benefited from a microcredit. The rate of repayment is 64%.

Myriad Canada’s role is to carry out charitable activities across the globe in accordance with its charitable purposes. We control and monitor the use of funds and the progress of charitable activities to ensure that donations made to Myriad Canada have the greatest impact in accordance with donors’ expressed wishes. As a member of the Myriad Alliance with offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Myriad Canada has a vast international network and extensive practical expertise.

How to support this project?

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. Quick and easy!

By cheque: Mail the cheque to the Myriad Canada Foundation, mention ‘Projet B302 – Burundian refugees’ in the ‘For’ section and send it to: KBF Foundation CANADA, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, MONTREAL, QC, H3B 2B6 – CANADA.

By Direct Deposit: Send an email to the Myriad Canada Foundation or call +1 514.481.2000.

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada.

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