The Skilling for Change project in Rwanda supported over 16,000 women by providing them with the skills, knowledge and tools to turn their micro enterprises into profitable and sustainable businesses. The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women partnered with Accenture and CARE International to promote the long-term financial independence of Rwandan women as well as create new jobs, by providing a combination of e-mentoring, online and face to face training and improved access to financial services.
Financial inclusion is a deeply gendered issue in Rwanda, approximately 2.6 million Rwandan women (76% of adult women) still do not have access to a bank account. Source: Women's World Banking
Women account for only 16% of all Rwandan borrowers from banks / financial institutions. Source: Business Fights Poverty
Lack of business training, confidence and access to capital, limit women's ability in Rwanda to develop their businesses and grow their income potential. Source: Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Set up a collaboration with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and CARE International to establish “on-the-ground" partnerships to reach rural women in Rwanda.
Provided expertise on programme management, online training development (e.g. webinars) to set up and scale programme.
Developed finance literacy and business readiness training to help women turn micro enterprises into profitable and sustainable businesses.
Set up a global online mentoring programme, matching mentor volunteers from all over the world with the female entrepreneurs.
16,000+ women skilled.
3,000+ new jobs created.
14,000+ businesses sustained or created.
96% of women sustained or increased their business revenue.
600 mentor volunteers matched from all over the world.
The collaborative two-year programme ran in three phases
PHASE 1: FINANCIAL LITERACY TRAINING
Delivered financial literacy and investment readiness training to help women improve their skills on business planning, budgeting and accessing financial services.
PHASE 2: INTENSIVE BUSINESS TRAINING
Developed a Four-day intensive business training course which was delivered to over 150 women, on the following themes: Gender and Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning & Financial Management, and Marketing for Business Success.
PHASE 3: FACE TO FACE MENTORING
Developed business incubation for 80 high performing women entrepreneurs to scale their businesses with support from mentors in partnership with the Rwanda Chambers of Commerce.
Also created a global online mentoring programme which connected 600 women in 41 developing and emerging economies to mentors from across the world.