Hand in Hand & CARE Job Creation Project

Hand in Hand & CARE Job Creation Project

A Collaboration to Build Jobs

Hand in Hand Eastern Africa and CARE Rwanda are collaborating to empower 100,000 Rwandans, mostly women, to work their way out of poverty by operating their own sustainable businesses. The three-year partnership is grounded in the shared belief in the power of entrepreneurship to fight poverty. 


  • Create/sustain 80,000 jobs by 2015
  • Increase household income, savings, and asset accumulation amongst VSL members
  • Improve financial knowledge, skills and confidence amongst 70,000 VSL members 
  • Increase skills to develop small business and income and generating activities of 70,000 VSL members
  • Increase linkage to formal financial institutions for 70,000 VSL members


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

Spreading economic inclusion and success throughout rural ares, the Hand in Hand project has made major progress in areas of economic development such as the following:

  • Formation of VSL groups
  • Training on Enterprise Development, value of Chain Management, and Financial Literacy
  • Creations of enterprises and jobs
  • Market Linkage and Micro-entrepeneurship

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Project Info

  • Start Date: 2013 April
  • Program: Vulnerable Women Program
  • District: Bugesera, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Kirehe, Ngoma, Nyagatare, Rwamagana
  • Number of beneficiaries: 100,000
  • Partners: AEE, EAR Byumba, AJPRODHO, RCWE


Models used:

  • VSL Model