Empower 200 Rwandan Girls To Move Out Of Poverty

by Aspire Rwanda
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Empower 200 Rwandan Girls To Move Out Of Poverty
Empower 200 Rwandan Girls To Move Out Of Poverty
Empower 200 Rwandan Girls To Move Out Of Poverty

Dear Project donors,

We are so thankful for your generous support of young women.

Meet Emerite

Emerite is 22 years old, she is married and has two children. She lives in Gisozi Village, near Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. She is a 2021 graduate of the ASPIRE Rwanda program. She has a small shop in a marketplace. She makes a monthly profit of $35 dollars, which may not seem like much.

How has the project affected your confidence level?

“I am now confident that any person can start a business and it does not matter that they are a woman or a man. We all have the ability to do it with the right support. I am not afraid to share this positive message with other women.”

What was your favorite course?

“I enjoyed all courses taught at Aspire Rwanda but the cookery and business skills training were my favorite ones. I joined this program with the goal to gain knowledge to start a business and provide for my family. I was very motivated and followed lessons carefully. I felt like the business training and cookery lessons could help me to start my own business that is why I liked them a lot.”

How has your business evolved?

“I started by selling fruits and vegetables to local customers who knew me in my village. With time, I started to increase the number of customers by travelling with my products through cells streets. I only used 10,000 RWF [$12 USD] as starting capital which has increased in March 2021 when Aspire Rwanda gave me a startup capital of 50,000 RWF [$60 USD]. I got a place in the free market. I recently received a loan but unfortunately thieves stole my merchandise and it took me a while to get back on my feet. However, I am hard working and I have started to make a profit of 30,000Rwf  [$35 USD] from my monthly sale which will enable me to pay back the loan.”

How has your relationship with husband changed?

“Before Aspire, our relationship was complicated. I did not work and depended on my husband for everything.  I saw myself as a beggar in my house and he also did not respect me much. Now that I contribute to the family’s income and I am independent financially, a lot has changed. I feel empowered and he also respects me.”

Impact on children

“I am able to give three meals a day to my children including a nutritious porridge in the morning. With my husband, we can now afford to pay the children’s school fees easily. We can also afford mutuelle de sante [health insurance] for them easily.”

Any last words

“I am glad to express my thanks and gratitude to ASPIRE Rwanda and other supporters, which allowed me to move from zero to the current stage where I am and that I am proud of.  The continuous support from Aspire staff is also appreciated and I hope that a big number of women will also benefit from the program like me.”

We welcome your continued support in making a difference in the lives of more vocational girls. We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at aspirerwanda@gmail.com or rshyaka@aspirerwanda.org

With great appreciation,

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Dear Project donors,

We are so thankful for your generous support of young girls .We continue to empower our beneficiaries, during the last quarter the training were prepared and focused on:

1. The use of Business skills to transform life of beneficiaries.

The trainees have benefited &showed interest of getting knowledge of Entrepreneurship that can help them to get money. The beneficiaries have received a package of knowledge of saving:

- All expenses must be related to the business activities ( avoid drawings)

- They are reminded to save money for planning to start business which will create source of income which could also boost their living conditions.

2. Cash book& Costing  

The trainees have benefited knowledge of bookkeeping information of business   mainly they can use cash book &costing practices to well manage their businesses.

. They know well how to record all business transactions in this cash book

3. Business planning skills  

The trainees have gained skills of writing a Business plan. Trainer explained well that it’s better to write business plan before starting business because this document tells the plan to do and how to do it. They learnt also how to prepare this document to be presented to the Bank for a loan application.

4. Taxation  :The trainees have benefited knowledge of preparing bankable business plan as well as payable taxes in Rwanda.

5. Helping individuals to structure savings: sharing best savings practices with the community and using technology to reinforce good savings behavior.

We welcome your continued support in making a difference in the lives of more vocational girls. We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at aspirerwanda@gmail.com or rshyaka@aspirerwanda.org

With great appreciation,

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Teddy (25) from Gasabo District, is one of our many young women who have been positively transformed both socially and economically through trainings under our project “Empower 200 Rwandan Girls To Move Out Of Poverty”. She tells us how she now enjoys an independent lifestyle without looking to family members as a source of income.

“I dropped out of school due to lack of fees after the death of my father who was solely responsible for paying my school dues from a small business of shop keeping in our village.”

Teddy, a once miserable young girl, started seeing light for an improved lifestyle after attending hairdressing and life skills programs.

“I was empowered and equipped with skills of hairdressing in Aspire Rwanda which has transformed my life as a young woman.”

Teddy told us, “After stopping schooling, I sat at home and would do farm and domestic work with my mother. As a young girl I lacked several things to make me look like other able girls in the village. My mother could not manage to provide for me or my other young siblings at home.

Being home all the time exposed me to many men whom I looked at as an alternative way of getting small money to buy myself basic needs as a girl. This was the only way out for my situation. I did all this in ‘total darkness’ because I never thought of the consequences of having multiple men, I never thought of HIV/AIDS, pregnancy and other STDs because I was not aware. I was so exposed, every day I placed my life to risk of being infected with HIV or becoming pregnant and facing isolation and rejection.”

“The trainings on HIV/AIDS knowledge and other sexual reproductive health information greatly opened my mind as a young girl. The enterprise and financial literacy knowledge encouraged me and others to form a small village savings group.

“I saved my little profit share from the group business and later requested a loan from the same group, which I used to start up my own mobile saloon business with my mother. It is now the base of our financial status at home and my young siblings school fees are paid from the income we earn.”

“Teddy ended her story with heartfelt appreciations: “Thank you to Aspire Rwanda and all those who support them. I wish you sponsor and train many more girls such that we can live an empowered and independent life as young girls and not be trapped in poverty by men.”

We would very much appreciate if you can share about this project with your friends, family and who feel strongly about girls' education.  We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

With great appreciation

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Dear partner,

Thank you very much for your continued support towards this sustainable project. We wanted to share with you the achievement of beneficiary

“ I never though I could be someone in life, I thank Aspire Rwanda for empowering me and bringing the best out of me” says participant (22 years old). She is one of many young people whose life was changed through the empowerment and support at Aspire Rwanda.

In 2017, she was hopeless after she passed only 2 subjects at Ordinary Level and could not proceed to high education or secure employment. Being the fourth child in a family of 8, headed by her Mother who was struggling to put food on the table,she had no other option out to start buying and selling clothing items in the street. Life became a bitter pill to swallow for her as nothing materialised from her small business and she thought she could never make it in life. With support of Aspire Rwanda, she was enrolled and trained for hairdressing and Beauty in 2019 at Aspire Rwanda.

She is now employed at Ineza Saloon and earns a decent salary after completing part of her placement with them. She attributes her full time recruitment at saloon to good behaviour which was to a larger extent influenced by life skills training, a component embedded in Aspire Rwanda vocational training ,she is now helping her family to take care of her siblings.

This young women is planning to be an independent empowered young girl who will run her own business saloon.

Due to the high demand, new young women are requesting assistance from this project. Furthermore, the current project is unable to satisfy the needs of villagers within the current location.  We wish to touch additional young women but the resources are limited. We will like to appeal for more support to ensure a prosperous future for the young women.  We welcome your continued support in making a difference in the lives of more vocational girls. We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

Thank you and Blessings unto you

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Dear Project Supporters, 

Thank you for your support that will help multiple vocational trainees. Young girls at the Center are working hard to create a better future for themselves and their families. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is one of the three main priorities outlined by UNESCO and has been identified as the focus for the most important annual report on education, the Global Monitoring Report, in 2012.

Young girls are being trained and empowered in Hairdressing and Entrepreneurship skills. These skills are an effective intervention that combats poverty and increases the strength of local economies further uplifting the young people of Rwanda. See examples in the photos below from the current trainees at the Vocational Training Center.

Your generosity is truly making an impact on the participants at Aspire Rwanda. The Young girls are learning skills that will help them be self-sufficient and provide for their families. We welcome your continued support in making a difference in the lives of more vocational girls. We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at aspirerwanda@gmail.com or rshyaka@aspirerwanda.org

With great appreciation,

Aspire Rwanda Team

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