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schools now have access to clean water and MHM-friendly sanitation.


graduates of our vocational training program secured paying jobs after graduation.


women in Burundi have purchased and used Agateka reusable sanitary pads.


Burundian girls currently use the OKY app as their main period tracker.


schoolgirls in Burundi have received free Agateka reusable pads, to use for 3-5 years.


women have adhered to modern contraceptive methods of their choice.


displaced households now have access to clean water and MHM-friendly sanitation.


small businesses have been started by members of our VSLAs.

Economic Empowerment
Food Security & Nutrition
Gatumba Health Centre
Menstrual Hygiene Management
Sexual & Reproductive Health
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene


I started Sacodé in 2011, in my garage, driven by a desire to help struggling female relatives and friends to find employment. Today, we're a leader in advocating for and implementing vital programs that address health, education, poverty and access to clean water across Burundi. Please visit Our Programs to learn more about our approach, and the About Sacodé for what motivates us. We hope that you'll be inspired to join us, as we continue to transform lives and strengthen communities.

Grâce Françoise Nibizi

Founder & Executive Director

The first period-tracking app in Kirundi

Oky-Burundi is the first period-tracking app created for girls, with girls, and available in Kirundi. It delivers information about menstruation and sexual and reproductive health in a fun, creative and positive way. One app can hold multiple accounts, which is ideal for families with one smartphone. Click here to learn more about the OKY-Burundi app, and on the button below to download it from the GooglePlay Store.


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Clean water & Sanitation
40 %

of Burundians do not have access to clean water.

54.54 %

of schools in Burundi do not have permanent access to clean water.

84 %

of the Burundian population does not have access to adequate sanitation.

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Food Security & Nutrition
6 %

of Burundians suffer from acute malnutrition.

56 %

of Burundian children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition.

29 %

of Burundian children under 5 are underweight.

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Poverty & Employment
72 %

of Burundians live under the poverty line.

42.7 %

of Burundian women are unemployed.

17.9 %

of Burundian youth with higher education are unemployed.

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Reproductive Health
80 %

of Burundian women cannot afford regular sanitary pads every month.

70.2 %

of Burundian girls don't go to school when they have their periods.


teenage pregnancies were registered in Burundian schools in 2021.

Impact stories

Comfort in change: Victoire's postpartum experience with Agateka pads

Victoire celebrates the comfort and hygiene Agateka pads brought her after childbirth, a stark contrast to her past experiences.

Apr 17, 2024

A mother's relief: Sacodé's Health Center transforms care in Gatumba

Micheline Mwajuma, a 40-year-old mother of eight from Mushasha II hill in Gatumba, shares her experiences before and after the...

Apr 17, 2024

Goats and Growth: collective progress in Ruyigi

In Ruyigi, 30 women buy goats together, using savings to empower their community and enhance their farms.

Apr 17, 2024

Stitching success: Blandine's journey to empowerment

Living with a disability, Blandine has faced many obstacles but has carved a path of empowerment through her work as a seamstress.

Apr 17, 2024

Current and past partners

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