According to the World Bank, between 2001 and 2012 Rwanda’s economy grew 8% per annum, making it the fastest growing economy in East Africa. As the country’s economic development continues, it is crucial that women are able to access the opportunities afforded by such rapid growth. In 2014, with the support of Accenture, as part of the Accenture Foundation’s corporate citizenship focus Skills to Succeed, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women launched its ambitious ‘Skilling for Change’ project in partnership with CARE International.
Over the course of two years, the project trained more than 16,000 women from CARE International’s village saving and loans associations in financial literacy and investment readiness. We also connected women entrepreneurs to mentors from across the world, and devised a new series of training modules and webinars for our mentoring platform.
Through the project, over 14,000 businesses were either sustained or established and over 3,000 new jobs were created. In addition, over 4,000 women gained access to formal finance and 91% saw an increase in profit. Overall, the financial situation of the women improved by 110%.
‘It is a privilege to partner with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women on this initiative that will impact 15,000 women and develop their entrepreneurial talent. We share the Foundation’s vision on the progression of female talent and being able to contribute towards this goal is personally rewarding for me and our people, and embodies the values we stand for as an organisation.’
– Rachel Barton, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 281,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping 500,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.
CARE International fights poverty and injustice in more than 80 countries around the world to help the world’s poorest people find routes out of poverty. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives in the aftermath.