Who We are

Haguruka is a non-profit association founded in November 2002 by women from Burundi with the objective to help women in rural and low-income urban areas in Burundi. We are based in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). "Haguruka" is a Kirundi expression which means "stand up". Through our initiatives, we hope to help the most disadvantaged to rise out of poverty, silence, and ultimately out of all the socioeconomic injustices that prevent them from flourishing. We do this by enhancing the social, cultural, and economic aspects of their lives — especially for the women experiencing deep poverty and social exclusion — by providing them with economic relief. In the process, we particularly aim to celebrate Burundian women’s extraordinary courage, remarkable force of character, and sense of collectivity.

Our objectives
  • Initiate and run microcredit programs
  • Nurture relationships - and build networks and coalitions - with grassroots women’s organizations in Burundi
  • Open a HAGURUKA office in Burundi and employing one woman to coordinate programs
  • Create policies and procedures that guide the management of HAGURUKA's micro-financing credit loans (ie. project reports, assessments, yearly visits from HAGURUKA executives).
  • Develop an array of fundraising activities in Canada
  • Create comprehensive communication plan to take advantage of current traditional media and emerging electronic tools to promote HAGURUKA's work (website, newsletters, social media accounts, blogs, etc.)
  • Undertake public education initiatives
  • Provide workshops and seminars highlighting known Burundian and/or East African activists, leaders, and/or speakers on issues affecting the Burundian diaspora in Canada, with a special focus on women 
  • Provide workshops and seminars on the impact of poverty on women, with a focus on marginalized women in Burundi 
  • Acquire charitable status
  • Develop Strategic Plan to frame long term goals 
Our activities focus on

Fundraising events to finance micro-credits projects for women in Burundi to allow them to acquire economic autonomy and improve their standard of life.

Fostering community literary, musical, educational, and cultural events, festivals, concerts for uplifting of women and their families, and the promotion of Burundian traditions and language.

Working in partnership with on-the-ground agencies, we help women from all walks of life, but we especially seek financial donations to provide micro-loans with minimal interest that gets reinvested in other women's programs. Micro-loans are a proven effective and innovative form of financial assistance — to various groups of women and girls in need, including:

        • Young mothers
        • Women who are small business owners
        • Single mothers head of families
        • Widows
        • Young orphan girls