Skilling for Change Project

Village Agents from Gicumbi district receiving kits for their training
Village Agents from Gicumbi district receiving kits for their training

Training Business Women in Rural Areas

"Prior to the training, I didn't keep any records for my restaurant business, and I always had no idea of how much I was making, thanks to SFC business trainer, I have learnt to always record all the money spent on materials (food) I buy for my restaurant and all the sales made which helps me to know how my business is progressing," says Mukanoheri Euphrasie a member of Tuzamuke VSL in Cyungo sector. 

This is just one of the many beneficiaries of CARE Rwanda's umbrella project Skilling for Change. Working with previously established VSL groups (Village Savings and Loans Project), Skilling for Change is a 2 year pilot project that empowers women to start their own businesses or fine tune already established ones. Members of the project are somewhat matured groups in the sense that they have previously received training on VSL methodology such as planning and management of income generating activities. 

"The third session of the training gave me strength and confidence because it was about how to do a business/market study and a simple business plan. For sure, this training gave me confidence and direction to implement my business idea. I started to think that it is possible," says MUKANOHELI Vanessa, who has been a VSL member for 5 years in Rulindo District.


For further information, please see the attached document. To learn more about the models used for this project, please see the Models page.

Project Achievements

As of April 2015, the project has achieved many successes in business empowerment for women. In areas of the enterprise development component, 390 VSLGs, 8,897 women, and 2,031 men have been reached. 658 enterprises have been created from the project's training. From these newly created enterprises, 659 new jobs have been created. Under the financial education component (literacy and linkage), 291 VSLGs have been affected, 6944 women and 1,514 men educated. Linkage to formal financial institutions (FIs) has linked 63 groups to FIs and 1,091 members linked to FIs. Finally, 159 women have undergone intensive business skills training.

In the coming year, the project hopes to continue reaching more women and VSLGs as well as increasing its mobile technology capacity among beneficiaries and its mentor relationships.

Project Info

  • Start Date: 2014 April
  • Program: Vulnerable Women Program
  • District: Gicumbi, Rulindo
  • Number of beneficiaries: 15,000
  • Partners: Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs, AEE, EAR, local MFIs, and FIs


Models used:

  • VSL Model