Helping people with disabilities in Rwanda to be financially independent

Category: Building livelihoods

Group photo of a Village Savings and Loan Association holding up their membership books

In Rwanda, people with disabilities make up 5% of the population and are amongst the poorest, often finding it difficult to access employment or banking services.

Our new project in Rwanda will help people with disabilities earn a living and be financially independent by:

  • Enabling them to access small loans and support through village savings schemes.
  • Setting up and supporting Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) – a proven approach that supports small groups of people to save together and take small loans from those savings, which can be used to set up small businesses or invest in income generating activities.
  • Training group members in financial management, entrepreneurship, improved farming methodologies, climate resilience, rain water harvesting and solar energy.

The project will support 14,000 people with disabilities across four new districts in Rwanda (Nyanza, Ruhango, Rutsiro and Rusizi), helping them to work sustainably and making a lasting impact on lives.

This programme is supported by the Scottish Government's International Development Fund. 

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