Where We Work Rwanda
Get facts about poverty in Rwanda and learn how we empower its people to work their way out of poverty and build a safety net for the future.
Since the countrywide genocide in 1994, in which deaths were estimated to be as high as 20 percent of the population, Rwanda has been in the process of rebuilding itself economically, socially and spiritually. Though the country has made some remarkable advances in the intervening years, 45% of Rwandans live below the poverty line. The provision of financial services remains an essential part of the solution to end Rwanda’s crushing poverty.
Opportunity started working in Rwanda in 2007. Our programmes operate in all five of Rwanda’s administrative regions.
Women: In Rwanda, women currently outnumber men and are playing a major role in the growing economy. In fact, Rwanda’s parliament is the only one in the world dominated by women. Laws have been passed protecting women’s rights to their own assets, and government leaders are vocal in their support of women-owned businesses as a solution to poverty.
Transformational Training: In addition to providing access to financial services with a broad range of customised products and services, we offer life-changing training that cover three broad subjects, including business management, household finance and health management.