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Uyisenga ni Imanzi (UNM)

Rwanda: Families earn their own school fees

The Family Business for Education (FBE) program is designed to vulnerable Rwandan families learn how to run a successful business so that they can use the proceeds to pay their children's school fees.

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This acclaimed innovative family business concept is transforming families and communities.

The families are helped to set up or improve their business, receive training on how to best run their business, and are helped with savings programs and a cash grant so that families become self-reliant. Parents or carers receive a 5-day financial training and participate in a 12-week business and savings program. The training covers various topics related to running a business; training on business development, business awareness, ideas, vision and marketing. During the training they receive advice on how to save and the importance of education for their children is explained so that they can spend their savings on this.

This project offers families of vulnerable children in Rwanda the opportunity to become financially strong and self-sufficient. Upon completion, they are assigned to a Family Business officer with whom they work to develop a business plan that builds on their existing skills.

Why this project partner

Uyisenga ni Imanzi (UNM) has been committed to vulnerable children in Rwanda since 2002. It is a locally registered non-profit organization (NGO) that receives support from an umbrella worldwide organization Street Child in their approach to the rehabilitation of street children.

Street Child focuses on education, child protection and income enhancement for families. Projects are carried out through local partner organizations. The most disadvantaged children are selected, helped to find a safe home base and to get them (back) to school by helping the families to create an income. Net4kids and Street Child both believe that sustainability should be central to the projects and we jointly strive for impact in the longer term.

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How your company can contribute to this project

Family businesses are at the heart of business. About 60% of the existing companies are family businesses. Family business characteristics are that they are generally strongly socially involved and play a social role in (local) society. Want to make a difference for your 'family' and at the same time offer a family in Rwanda the opportunity to set up their own business? We are happy to match your company with this successful program. Impact guaranteed.

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