USAID supports literacy classes and vocational training for Rwandan girls.
A USAID-supported recycling project in Kigali cleans neighborhoods and creates jobs.
USAID mobile HIV counseling and testing clinics reach remote and vulnerable populations.
Rwandan women harvest geraniums and will export their oil to Europe for perfume.
Rwanda is a small, landlocked country with a population density that is among the highest in Africa. Rwanda is one of the world’s poorest countries but much has changed since the 1994 genocide that killed over 800,000 people.
Rwanda has made remarkable progress in developing national and local government institutions, maintaining security, promoting reconciliation and strengthening the justice system.
In large part due to agricultural growth over the last five years, poverty has dropped from 56.7 percent in 2006 to 44.9 percent in 2011, and GDP per capita almost doubled to $540.
Between 2006 and 2010, maternal mortality rates declined 35 percent, and child mortality dropped by 50 percent. Ninety percent of children under age 2 are fully vaccinated against major childhood diseases, and Rwanda was the first African country to incorporate pneumonia vaccines into its national immunization program in 2009. It will be the first African country to add rotavirus to its program in 2012. USAID assistance to Rwanda supports improvements in health, education, economic growth and democracy and governance.
Last updated: April 17, 2013