The tiny nation of Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa, with a population of more than 10 million in an area smaller than the state of Maryland. Rwanda is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 166 out of 187 countries listed in the U.N. Development Program’s Human Development Index.
Beginning in April 1994, a tragic genocide took the lives of close to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus in just 100 days. The genocide destroyed Rwanda’s already fragile economy, further impoverishing the population, and leaving the country desperate. Since 1994, Rwanda has rebuilt and grown at an astonishing rate.
Komera works with the local government in the South Eastern Province of Southern Kayonza a very small town about 2 hours outside of Kigali called Rwinkwavu. We work closely with the local community who survive mostly on subsistence farming and working at the local hospital. 87% of Rwandans live in rural areas and the average income for such rural communities remains around $1 per day.