About the Women We Serve in Rwanda

Women care for 3 children on average

Average daily income is $0.36 at enrollment

30% are illiterate

From rural villages to the national parliament where women hold two-thirds of the seats, women in Rwanda are leading the rebuilding of their country. In the aftermath of the devastating 1994 Genocide, the challenge of creating a lasting peace depended greatly on the actions of women, who were the majority of survivors.
Women like Euphrasie have forged a new path. With your help, the Women for Women International – Rwanda team provides our yearlong training program for women, as well as specialized vocational training to cooperatives formed by graduates. To continue to invest in women’s ability to rebuild their country, they have opened the first-ever Women’s Opportunity Center in Rwanda.

Euphrasie's Story

Our Impact

Since 1997, Women for Women International – Rwanda has served more than 67,000 women through our yearlong program.

Contributing to the Rwandan government’s Vision 2020 and Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Women’s Opportunity Center integrates economic transformation, rural development, and productivity, in a space of learning and renewal for women in the Kayonza area and beyond.

After graduating from our program, women report positive changes in four key areas:

Women earn and save money: Nearly three times as many participants report earning more than $1.00 per day two years after graduating from our yearlong program.
Women develop health and well-being: Nearly 40 percent of participants report practicing family planning two years after graduation.
Women influence decisions in the home and community: 100 percent of participants report being involved in household financial decisions two years after graduation.
Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: Eight times as many participants report they have shared knowledge of their rights with other women in their communities.

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Workforce Training Partnerships

Since 2008, Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported marginalized women in sub-Saharan Africa to gain new job skills, basic business training, life skills, and a support network. Bloomberg Philanthropies is currently supporting innovative workforce training for women in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Learn more about the Bloomberg Philanthropies Partnership