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    Our work in Rwanda

    Hand in Hand launched in Rwanda in 2012. Working with local partner CARE Rwanda, an NGO with years of experience mobilizing savings groups in the country, the three-year, US $3.2 million partnership aimed to create 80,000 jobs by March 2015.

    That was then. In early-2015 the program was extended for another year, having vastly exceeded its targets. Not only had more enterprises than expected been created, their owners were hiring more employees: seven or more per enterprise in an unprecedented 17 percent of cases.

    Today, the program serves as a testament to the power of partnerships – combining Hand in Hand’s job creation model and CARE Rwanda’s savings groups – and a blueprint for future expansion. We’ll be sharing our learning with the development community within and beyond Rwanda throughout 2016.

    Read our Rwanda end-term review

    By the numbers

    Infographic: Members trained: 43,011 Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and start businesses together

    Members trained: 129,816

    Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and start businesses together

    Infographic: Businesses started: 30,975 Hand in Hand entrepreneurs in Rwanda farm crops, weave clothes, run shops and more

    Businesses started: 83,438

    Hand in Hand entrepreneurs in Rwanda farm crops, weave clothes, run shops and more

    Infographic: Jobs created: 30,975 “Development happens through jobs,” says the World Bank. Our entrepreneurs make their own success, breaking the cycle of dependency

    Jobs created: 115,041

    “Development happens through jobs,” says the World Bank. Our entrepreneurs make their own success, breaking the cycle of dependency

    Infographic: Lives improved: 154,875 Every job we help create in Rwanda benefits an average five family members – young, old and everywhere in between

    Lives improved: 417,190

    Every business we help create in Rwanda benefits an average five family members – young, old and everywhere in between

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    35.48 Members Trained
    50.68 Business Supported
    37.99 Jobs Created
    10.14 Lives Changed
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    Why Rwanda

    Rwanda is a mixture of poverty and promise. The country has come a long way since the 1994 genocide claimed some 800,000 lives, but there’s still so much to be done.

    44.9% of Rwandans live below the poverty line

    Source: World Bank, 2011

    44.9% of Rwandans live below the poverty line

    43% of children between the ages of six months and five years suffer from chronic malnutrition

    Source: World Food Programme, 2013

    43% of children between the ages of six months and five years suffer from chronic malnutrition

    33% of women are illiterate

    Source: Central Intelligence Agency, 2012

    33% of women are illiterate

    21% of households are food insecure

    Source: World Food Programme, 2013

    21% of households are food insecure

    Meet Hand in Hand Eastern Africa CEO Pauline Ngari

    Pauline Ngari is an expert on social enterprise and microfinance. Before launching Hand in Hand Eastern Africa in 2010, Ngari managed credit operations at the Kenya Women Finance Trust, one of the country’s leading microfinance institutions.

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