A total of 575 disadvantaged adolescent girls from Rulindo, Kicukiro and Gichumbi district have received training aimed at equipping them with different entrepreneurial skills in areas of culinary art, food processing, agri-business, arts and crafts.
The 12 months training was organised by Adolescent Girls’ Initiative (AGI)
The AGI project is a pilot project intended to improve incomes and empower disadvantaged adolescent girls and young women (age 15-24 years), in four districts
Uwera Liberatha, one of the granduates said that she dropped out of school after getting pregnant and had no help from her relatives.
She says that her family neglected her calling her a prostitute among other names.
“After studying food processing, I got a job that gives me Rwf60, 000 per month. Now I have gained confidence and value all because I went back to school”
Carolyn Turk, World Bank Country Manager for Rwanda said its good for the disadvantaged girls to be independent financially without looking up to other people.
“Just like I wish my 15 year old daughter to be financially independent, it’s the same way I wish for every girl here to attain that,” she added.
Emilienne Niwemwiza, vice mayor for social affairs in Rulindo district acknowledged the girls for the successful completion of the course.
“These skills are beneficial to the girls and their families’ development,” she said.
The vice mayor said she expected the project to improve employment, income, and empowerment of disadvantaged adolescent girls and young women in the four districts. She noted that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a national priority.
In its vocational training component, AGI project aims at creating employment opportunities and supporting incomes and empowerment of 2700 disadvantaged young women and girls (aged 15-24 years) in the districts of Rulindo, Gasabo, Gicumbi, and Kicukiro.
AGI is a three-year pilot project that will provide skills to 2,700 adolescent girls and young women in order to increase their employment and incomes.
The entire training takes a duration of 12 months and can be held on a part-time basis (5 hours per day) in order to give access to women with children and other responsibilities
The Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women Project is a new program supported by a Multi-Donor Trust Fund for adolescent girls and implemented by the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, the Workforce Development Authority, and the Imbuto Foundation. AGI was launched in 2008 and is funded by World Bank.