Programs & Projects

10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Training Program & Scholarship Program

January 2008 - August 2015


WDI was a partner in the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Program. The program helped underprivileged women across Rwanda grow their small or medium-sized business. Over the course of the six-month training program, participants created a detailed, actionable business plan. Sessions were in the areas of business planning, marketing, finance, accounting, and management. At the end of the program, participants presented their business plans and awards were presented to the best plans. The second part of the program consisted of providing mentorship, support, and tuition to 43 undergraduate students at the School of Finance and Banking in Kigali. Participants came from across Rwanda and represented a range of industries including restaurants, food production, poultry/eggs, interior decorating, computer training, and wedding consultancy. The program was held from 2007-2015, during which it trained over 300 women entrepreneurs. You may read the full project report – including WDI’s contributions – here.

Click the links below to view mini-documentaries of five of the graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. These women have all overcome considerable personal obstacles but are building successful businesses and serving as mentors to inspire other Rwandan women.

Aimee Claudine: Aimee lost her entire family at the age of five in the genocide. She was adopted by a soldier and later joined E.T.O-Muhima Technical School and acquired skills she used to start metal welding and repair business. She was a business plan award winner for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. Hear Aimee’s story here.
Marceline Ikigenye: At the age of 17, Marceline lost most of her family during the genocide. On her return from a refugee camp in 2009, she vowed to make the land left by her parents prosperous. She is married with three children. She owns poultry for both eggs and meat, and she keeps pigs and goats. During the training program, she learned about tracking sales revenue and was able to expand her business network. Since graduating, she has seen a remarkable growth in sales as well as increased profits. Hear Marceline’s story here.
Rosalie Mukangenzi: A widow with two children, Rosalie struggled to feed and educate her children. To support her family, she opened Moriya Maize Mill. She started the business in 2009, and it has been growing steadily. She was a business plan award winner for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. Hear Rosalie’s story here.
Marie Claire Uwamahoro: Marie Claire is married with seven children. She started her farm in 2007 with one cow. In addition to keeping cows, Marie Claire has won a tender to supply breakfast, lunch and dinner to a school with 815 students. Some products provided are from her farm, such as milk, fruits, and vegetables. To improve her farms’ milk production, she has reduced the number of cows and purchased better breeds. Hear Marie Claire’s story here.
Jacqueline Kabaharira: Jacqueline is married with five children. She opened her tailoring business in 2005 with one sewing machine. She graduated in 2011 from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, and was a business plan award winner. Since this video was created, Jacqueline has started specializing in products for hotels and offices. Recently, she won a national handicraft competition organized by the Rwanda Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MINICOM). She was awarded “Best in Competition” and was given a space in the Ikaze showroom for Rwandan handicraft products. Since being placed in the showroom, her customer base has increased. Hear Jacqueline’s story here.

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