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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02047
Date : 03/2017
Country/Region : BURUNDI
Title : Burundi : Thérèse, mère et veuve, lance son « resto parapluie » = Burundi : Thérèse, a mother and widow, launches her restaurant "The Umbrella"
Duration : 00:00:38
Director : unknown
Cameraman : unknown
Editor : unknown
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Description : In the year 2016, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) developed an economic security program in Bujumbura for the first time. In a pilot project, some 300 female heads of households in precarious situations were assisted to develop small economic projects. In 2017 this program is renewed and expanded.
Thérèse, one of the beneficiaries of the pilot project, stands out. She opened a restaurant that was very successful.
This 34-year-old mother learned on-the-job cooking a few years ago. In 2015, Thérèse lost her husband and had to close the little restaurant she was holding with him.
One day, Thérèse's neighbors met Gonzague and Bosco, volunteers of the Burundi Red Cross (CRB), in a census of widowed women who are unable to support their families. The ICRC, in collaboration with the CRB, launched a "conditional cash" program to enable these women to start a project guaranteeing a better income. The neighbors talked to them about Thérèse and her difficult situation. Soon after, Thérèse presented her restaurant project and she was quickly selected for the program.
Thanks to a sum of about 120 dollars, she opened her first small restaurant near her home. Her many customers call it "Ku Mutaka" (The Umbrella). It is well positioned next to a taxi-bike station. The success of her breakfast is soon resounding. In the morning she sells nearly a hundred dishes. Bicycle-taxi drivers line up to eat cassava, beans, rice and sweet potatoes. After a while, Thérèse was also able to open a second restaurant in the market of Kamenge, under a roof, where she serves breakfast and lunch.
Original language : English; French
Other language : International soundtrack
French title : Burundi : Thérèse, mère et veuve, lance son « resto parapluie »
English title : Burundi : Thérèse, a mother and widow, launches her restaurant "The Umbrella"
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422