ELE Imbere-Heza

 Project to Empower Young Enterprising Genocide Survivors

Entrepreneurship skills for youth is the corner stone of Student Survivors Association, AERGand Survivors Fund’s (SURF) latest joint project, officially launched in Kigali in the presence of Jean Philbert Nsengimana, the Minister of Youth & ICT.“Imbere Heza” will help youth to create a ‘”bright and better future”.

This project is a scale up of the previous successfully project called AHEZA Project funded by Imbuto Foundation for the year 2013-2014.
ELE-IMBEREHEZA: Empowed Youth Livelihoods through Entrepreneurship, founded by DFID started in April 2015 will end in August 2017
Direct beneficiaries: 2000 Female and Male 70% of them were Female, Aged around 23-35
Vulnerable Young women/Girls genocide survivors who have left Secondary School or Drop out living in Eastern and Southern Province of Rwanda
Secondary School Leavers that have dropped out of school and are unemployed, but demonstrate entrepreneurial qualities.
Eligible for micro-businesses
Southern (Huye base) and Eastern (Rwamagana base) Provinces

Jean Philbert NSENGIMANA, the Minister of Youth & ICT.

ELE Project “Empowering Vulnerable Young Survivors who have left Secondary School to Create, Secure and Sustain Employment” (ELE/Imbere Heza) will help 9,000 vulnerable people to improve their lives. Entrepreneurship, job-readiness training, technical and vocational training combined with micro-finance will form a core part of the work, with legal and personal resilience support underpinning the programme.

With a 30-month duration, ELE will deliver support to 2,000 young adults, in the Eastern and Southern regions of Rwanda and reach out to a further 7,000 people (dependents and employees of new businesses). Recognizing the incredible challenges faced particularly by young women in Rwanda, the project will have a 70% gender focus on women. In doing so, ELE will empower women to engage more in local decision making, and increase the number of female entrepreneurs in Rwanda.


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