The two pictures above are farms that are located in Burundi. The one on the left is a bee farm. The one following is a chicken farm.
Impact Burundi's mission is to empower Burundian communities to lead healthly lives
and to build the capacity of organizations to deliever quality fish farms, chicken farms, and much more.
Impact Burundi has been operating with funds from contributions from organization members, founders,
the French Government through its embassy in Burundi, churches, and individuals from the USA.
Impact Burundi operates with funds from contributions of individuals, churches, the
French Government through its embassy in Burundi, organization members, and founders.
Rice Milling Machine $2,500.00
Corn Milling Machine $2,000.00
Place to install machines $6.000.00
12 months of grain mix needed for concentrated feed $5,000.00
Machine transportation and installing fees $2,000.00
Truck for product transportation $20,000.00
Permanent staff salary/year $7,500.00
Administrative cost/year $5,000.00
Contingency (10%) $5,000.00
Total Operating Budget $55,000.00
"I wanted to do more by investing in other peoples’ lives, so I co-founded development
projects in rural areas of Burundi (Africa) to create employment, eradicate hunger
and gender inequality, promote health and encourage reconciliation between my countrymen."
I grew up in a family that liked to pray and help others. My parents made sure that
their children learned from them to help others whenever they could. I went to church every Sunday and
participated in Sunday’s schools, but, I did not really know God. It was just a routine of being born
into and surrounded by Christian families. I really knew and learned about God during the 1993 civil war
when God saved my life on many occasions. I discovered how awesome He is when I fled and got help in many
countries I went through by people who did not know me or speak my language. When life became difficult,
I sometimes wondered why God created me to face such struggles. At other times, my heart told me that maybe
there was a reason, and that gave me strength to believe that God was preparing me for something important.
I remember promising God that I would follow Him and work for Him if He would save me from my suffering.
He answered me by bringing me to America. Did I keep my promises to God? Well, I think that when life is
good it’s easy to ignore God, put our trust in material things and think that we don’t need Him. I got
caught in that trap and became like I was before the 1993 civil war in Burundi. I worked hard when I
arrived here. Materially, I was able to get what a lot of people want because they think it will make them
happy, especially if they were like me and grew up not having very much. I enjoyed peace and safety, cars,
a nice house, a healthy family, and an education. But, there were times I became frustrated and I wondered
why because I had everything I thought I needed to be happy. After a long time of thinking and reflecting,
I realized that I hadn’t been putting God first. I realize that even those who put God first sometimes get
frustrated and stressed out, but they are more likely to humble themselves and turn to him during difficult
times. They are also more likely to love and care for others like Jesus did. In my case, I think I was concerned
only about myself and my family. I forgot about all of the struggles I endured and the promises I had made
to God. Everything was about me. I helped some refugees who did not speak English to adjust life in this
country, but I still wasn’t putting God first. I wanted to do more by investing in other peoples’ lives,
so I co-founded development projects in rural areas of Burundi (Africa) to create employment, eradicate hunger
and gender inequality, promote health, and encourage reconciliation between my countrymen.I feel like my life
makes more sense now than before. I am happy about the fact that there are people in need whose lives are
beginning to improve because of some of the things that I’ve done. That is why I am encouraging others to help
make this world a better place.
Libere Dusabe is founder and CEO of Impact Burundi. Libere worked as a Case Aide helping with
refugee acculturation at Bethany Christian Services and as a Program Aid for Thresholds Inc. He volunteers social
services to refugees who don't speak English. As a Habitat for Humanity partner, Libere volunteers in reaching
low-income people. Libere has been involved in creating jobs in rural areas of Burundi for poor people for over three years.
Michael Angell is General Manager of Sekisui Polymer Innovations, LLC, a manufacturer of thermoplastic
sheet based in Holland, Michigan, and has served on the leadership team for over 10 years. Michael also teaches
leadership conferences internationally with the John C. Maxwell founded EQUIP organization. Michael and his wife,
Candace, are the parents of two children. He holds a BA in English Literature and Chinese from the University of Oregon.
Owen Dow works in the Sales Department of Sekisui Polymer Innovations, LLC, for over 12 years, traveling around
the Midwest and the West Coast selling thermoplastic sheet. Owen is the father of two boys and holds a BS degree
in Economics from Michigan Technological University.
Tim Kuzma works in Accounts Payable at Sekisui Polymer Innovations, LLC. Tim and his wife Nancy have six adult children.
Tim holds a BS degree in Business from Hope College. He volunteers with church projects such as in Love Inc.'s garden.
Tim went on a mission trip to Haiti in 1988 to help build a church/school.
Debi Nederhood worked as Ass't Project Manager at D&D Buildings, Inc. Currently, Deb is a full-time mother to
three children; serves as office manager for her husband's construction company, VHN Contractors; has a part-time cleaning
service; and volunteers at Byron Center Christian School and her church. Deb is a mentor and advocate for those transitioning
to a new community and those less fortunate.
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