Indego Africa, founded in 2007, is dedicated to empowering artisan women in Rwanda and Ghana through employment opportunities and education. An AllPeopleBeHappy Project Grant awarded in late 2020 helps to support their Artisan Accelerator Program, which endeavors to teach the artisans how to accelerate the sustainable growth of their business and improve their saving capacity (both at the cooperative and individual level). Sixty-five young women across 3 cooperatives in Rwanda participated in both Improved Access to Capital and Microfinance + Cooperative Specific Business Goals. The Igiceri (“Coin”) Module to improve access to capital and knowledge of microfinance has been the most popular so far, with 39 women (60% of participants) joining Igiceri, bringing the total membership up to 111 members contributing a minimum of 3,000 Rwf per month, helping the credit union fund grow from $11,900 in June 2020 to $25,242 by April 30, 2021.
Blog #204: Update on Project Grant to Indego Africa