AMI to offer 100 Female Entrepreneurs from Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs with free business skills training.

AMI to offer 100 Female Entrepreneurs from Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs with free business skills training.

The African Management Institute (AMI) is set to provide 100 female entrepreneurs with training in business skills and tools through a one-year partnership agreement signed with the Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs operating under the Private Sector Federation. The training will aim to support female entrepreneurs to bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses through training and advisory services. The training will be accessible to women entrepreneurs who have a membership with the Chamber of women entrepreneurs. Successful applicants will have access to two AMI training programs, Business Survival Bootcamp, and Survive to Thrive with new learning content added to address specific challenges faced by female entrepreneurs.

To apply, visit:

For more information, please contact: +250 787 339 435 via SMS or WhatsApp

For more information about the Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs membership, contact: or

Government of Rwanda reinstates new COVID-19 preventive measures

Government of Rwanda reinstates new COVID-19 preventive measures

With an increasing number of COVID-19 infections, the government of Rwanda has issued new preventive measures. Key measures introduced include the prohibition of movements of persons from 8 pm to 4 am. The cabinet also resolved that business establishments including shops, restaurants, markets, and malls must close business operations by 6 pm. Public and private transport between Kigali and other districts is prohibited except for domestic and international tourists that present negative COVID-19 test results and vehicles transporting goods with not more than two people on board.

Specifically for the hotel/hospitality industry, social gatherings and events including hosting of wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings, and conferences have been prohibited. Public gyms and swimming pools are restricted from public use with the exception of hotel guests with negative COVID-19 test results.

COVID-19 preventive measures are reviewed every 15 days.

To read more about the Cabinet’s communication, visit: Cabinet Communique 4th January 2021

Holiday wishes from the SME Response Clinic

As 2020 draws to an end, I would like to congratulate Rwandan entrepreneurs for everything they have managed to achieve this year, despite the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. Happy holidays and may next year bring more opportunities and success to your business.


Holiday wishes from the SME Response Clinic

As we all prepare to celebrate the holidays, the SME Response Clinic sends season’s greetings. We know that this year has been a challenging one and many businesses have faced unprecedented hard times.  The SME Response Clinic recognizes the hard work many in the financial sector have done to support businesses and the ways that business owners themselves throughout the country have worked to keep their businesses afloat, contributing to their households and their communities as well as the economy at large. We hope that the articles, live webinars, and training offerings promoted through the SME Response Clinic site have helped navigate the COVID-19 crisis and contributed to building business resiliency for the year ahead.

The SME Response Clinic will continue to support the financial sector and entrepreneurs in Rwanda in the coming months with access to information, business development services, and more. We welcome the opportunity to hear from you. Contacts: +250782730371.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday and best wishes for 2021.

Rwanda Launches Entrepreneurship Development Policy

Rwanda Launches Entrepreneurship Development Policy

The government of Rwanda launched an Entrepreneurship Development Policy (EDP) on 30th November 2020 to improve the entrepreneurship sector in the country. The EDP was designed in consultation with representatives from central and local governments, Private Sector Federation (PSF), and financial institutions as well as entrepreneurs from MSMEs to large enterprises and from startups to long-standing businesses along with local and international investors, consultants, academics, and development partners. The EDP envisions the development of an effective entrepreneurship support ecosystem that creates the necessary conditions and enablers for Rwandan entrepreneurs to unleash their entrepreneurial potential and grow dynamic and competitive enterprises that will drive economic growth and job creation.

The EDP seeks to support entrepreneurs in addressing several challenges they face, including around management, access to finance, value chains, and the use of technology and digital channels. This will be done through various policy actions that aim to provide solutions to these challenges. Entrepreneurs will have access to information through a public facility known as the Entrepreneurship Portal, which will include information on available market opportunities, financial products, and general guidelines for entrepreneurs. The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) will oversee short-term courses about business governance with support from MINICOM, PSF, and MINALOC. EDP will also aim to make improvements to the business development services ecosystem by identifying capacity building needs of existing business development advisors to improve their service delivery to entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs will also benefit from new and improved entrepreneurship incubators and events to link them with regional and global institutions that provide technical assistance to startups, MSMEs, and large enterprises. The EDP also outlines plans to provide basic digital literacy training to entrepreneurs to drive adoption of local e-commerce, digital payments, marketing, and customer relationship management so that entrepreneurs can leverage and exploit existing opportunities.

To tackle the challenge of access to financing, entrepreneurs will benefit from the creation of a stipend/fellowship fund led by MINICOM and supported by MINECOFIN, RDB, and BRD. Additionally, the EDP will promote the listing of MSMEs on the Rwanda stock exchange to propel greater credibility and enhanced financial status of MSMEs. Entrepreneurs are also set to benefit from improved warehousing systems that will ensure quick processing and reduction of operational costs. Finally, entrepreneurs will also have access to a trade portal that will avail information about existing market opportunities and market data for local entrepreneurs and potential investors.

Ultimately, EDP has been formulated to create an environment where entrepreneurs at different level of growth can thrive. More information will be availed as there are developments regarding implementation of the policy. If you would like to read the full policy, you can find it here: Entrepreneurship Development Policy.

U Rwanda rushyizeho Politiki yo Guteza imbere urwego rwa ba Rwiyemezamirimo (Entrepreneurship Development Policy)

Leta y’u Rwanda yashyizeho Politiki yo Guteza Imbere urwego rwa ba Rwiyemezamirimo (EDP) kuwa 30 Ugushyingo 2020 hagamijwe kunoza urwego rwa ba rwiyemezamirimo mu gihugu. Iyo Politiki yashyizweho nyuma yo kubyunguranaho ibitekerezo n’abahagarariye Leta kuva ku rwego rwo hejuru kugera ku nzego z’ibanze, Urwego rw’Abikorera (PSF), ibigo by’imari ndetse na ba rwiyemezamirimo baturutse mu bigo by’ubucuruzi kuva ku bigo bito n’ibiciriritse kugeza ku binini no kuva ku bigo by’ubucuruzi bigishingwa kugeza ku bimaze igihe kirekire ku bufatanye n’abashoramari baba abo mu gihugu cyangwa abakomoka hanze, inzobere, ibigo bya za kaminuza, n’abafatanyabikorwa mu iterambere. Iyo politiki igamije guteza imbere   uburyo bukwiye bwo gufasha urwego rwa ba rwiyemezamirimo, ishyiraho urubuga rukenewe  kandi ifasha  ba rwiyemezamirimo b’abanyarwanda  kugaragaza ubushobozi bwabo nka ba rwiyemezamirimo no gushinga ibigo by’ubucuruzi bikora neza kandi bishobora guhiganwa ku isoko bizabasha guteza imbere ubukungu bikanahanga imirimo.

EDP ishaka gufasha ba rwiyemezamirimo gukuraho  ingorane nyinshi  zibugarije harimo izerekeranye n’imicungire, kubona imari, uruhererekane rw’agaciro, n’imikoreshereze y’ikoranabuhanga ndetse n’imiyoboro yaryo. Ibi bizashoboka binyuze mu ngamba za politiki zigamije gutanga ibisubizo kuri izo ngorane. Ba rwiyemezamirimo bazajya babasha kubona amakuru bifashishije urubuga rusange ruzwi nka Entrepreneurship Portal ruzaba ruriho amakuru ku mahirwe aboneka ku isoko, serivisi z’imari zihari, n’imirongo ngenderwaho rusange kuri ba rwiyemezamirimo. Urwego Rushinzwe Iterambere mu Rwanda (RDB) ruzakoresha amahugurwa y’igihe gito yerekeranye n’ibikorwa by’ubucuruzi ku nkunga ya MINICOM, PSF na MINALOC. EDP kandi igamije kunoza uburyo bw’imitangire ya serivisi z’iterambere ry’ubucuruzi,  ireba ibikenewe mu rwego rwo kongera ubushobozi bw’abajyanama b’iterambere ry’ubucuruzi bariho ubungubu hagamijwe kunoza uburyo baha serivisi ba rwiyemezamirimo.  Ba rwiyemezamirimo kandi bazakura inyungu mu buryo no mu bikorwa  bishya kandi binoze byo gushyigikira urwego rwa ba rwiyemezamirimo  bizabafasha kubahuza n’ibigo byo mu karere n’ibyo ku rwego rw’isi bitanga ubufasha bwo mu rwego rwa tekiniki ku bigo by’ubucuruzi bivuka, Ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito n’ibiciriritse (MSME), n’ibinini.  EDP irateganya kandi guha ba rwiyemezamirimo amahugurwa y’ibanze mu bijyanye n’ikoranabuhanga mu rwego rwo kubafasha kwitabira gukora ubucuruzi bukoresha ikoranabuhanga, gukora ibikorwa byo kwishyurana hifashishijwe ikoranabuhanga, kwamamaza ibikorwa byabo, n’imicungire y’umubano n’abakiliya ku buryo ba rwiyemezamirimo babasha kubyaza umusaruro no gukoresha amahirwe ariho.

Mu rwego rwo gukemura ingorane ijyanye no kubona imari, ba rwiyemezamirimo bazashyirirwaho  ikigega gitanga imfashanyo kizacungwa na MINICOM kandi kigaterwa inkunga na MINECOFIN, na RDB. Byongeye kandi, EDP izateza imbere iyandikishwa ry’ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito n’ibiciriritse ku isoko ry’imari kugira ngo birusheho kugirirwa icyizere no kugira igihagararo cyiza mu rwego rw’imari. Biteganyijwe kandi ko ba rwiyemezamirimo bazakura inyungu mu buryo bunoze bwo kubika ibicuruzwa byabo buzatuma serivisi bakenera zihuta kandi n’igiciro cy’imikorere  kikagabanuka. Mu gusoza, ba rwiyemezamirimo bazashyirirwaho urubuga rw’ubucuruzi bazajya babasha gukuraho amakuru ajyanye n’amahirwe ariho ku isoko n’amakuru ajyanye n’isoko kuri ba rwiyemezamirimo bo mu karere n’abantu bashobora kuba abashoramari.

Hanyuma, EDP yashyizweho hagamijwe gushyiraho uburyo bwo gufasha ba rwiyemezamirimo gukomera  hatitawe ku kigero baba bariho cyose. Ba rwiyemezamirimo bazajya bahabwa amakuru  buri gihe cyose hazajya hagira ibikorwa mu rwego rwo gushyira mu bikorwa iyi politiki. Mu gihe waba wifuza gusoma iyi politiki yose uko yakabaye, ushobora kuyisanga aha hakurikira: Entrepreneurship Development Policy.

Join the Rwanda International Trade Fair 2020 (PSF EXPO) December 11 – 31, 2020

Join the Rwanda International Trade Fair 2020 (PSF EXPO) December 11 – 31, 2020

The Private Sector Federation (PSF) will hold its annual International Trade Fair from the 11th to 31st of December 2020. The Expo, as it’s commonly known, was scheduled for July-August but was later postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s EXPO is expected to include 450 stands, which will be set up in such a way to enable social distancing measures among exhibitors and their respective clients. The children’s space usually forming part of the event will not be at this year’s EXPO due to COVID-19, and only children 12 years of age or older will be allowed in.

Exhibitors in the EXPO, which include mostly local entrepreneurs but also exhibitors from Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Benin, Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Turkey, have expressed optimism about sales during the event since the festive season is time to buy. PSF is enthusiastic about the opportunity that the EXPO will give business people not only to make sales but also to exhibit new products that might not have had exposure due to the challenges of the pandemic. The EXPO is expected to feature items such as foodstuffs, home equipment, industrial equipment, and garments.

Other important measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be implemented, including cashless payments, hand-washing, and mask-wearing required of all participants.

For more information, see here: (Federation, 2020)


Free business skills training funded by the Mastercard Foundation available for 2,500 MSMEs through a new partnership between Rwanda Development Board and African Management Institute

Free business skills training funded by the Mastercard Foundation available for 2,500 MSMEs through a new partnership between Rwanda Development Board and African Management Institute


The Rwanda Development Board has signed an agreement with the African Management Institute (AMI) to provide 2,500 MSMEs with free business skills and practical tools to support the country’s recovery following the pandemic. The new partnership, which has been made possible by financial support provided by Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Response and Resilience Programme, will support Rwanda’s economic recovery strategy of investing in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.


AMI’s training programmes aim to increase the number of businesses that overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic, helping them retain jobs and creating additional employment opportunities, particularly for women and young people.


From May to August this year, AMI worked with the SME Response Clinic and offered five Business Survival Bootcamp to train Rwandan business owners and entrepreneurs. We were happy to share skills to help businesses manage difficult times, and we are even more excited to work with 2,500 businesses in the years ahead,” said Diederik Wokke, Rwanda Country Manager, African Management Institute.


AMI will offer two types of free training programmes on an ongoing basis from November 2020 to April 2022:

  • Business Survival Bootcamp – a one-month course designed to help businesses make it through the ongoing crisis with access to engaging and interactive online workshops, digital tools and guidance, and an opportunity to network with other businesses.
  • Survive to Thrive – a six-month advanced course that supports businesses to innovate and prepare for future growth.


The programs will be delivered virtually in Kinyarwanda and English.


The first Business Survival Bootcamp began on 24th November, and the first Survive to Thrive courses will kick-off at the start of 2021. To apply for the programs, visit:


For more information, please contact: +250 787 339 435 via SMS or WhatsApp.

Amahugurwa ku bumenyi ngiro mu bijyanye n’ubucuruzi yatewe inkunga na Mastercard Foundation agenewe Ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito n’ibiciriritse 2.500 (MSME) binyuze mu bufatanye bushya hagati y’Urwego Rushinzwe Iterambere mu Rwanda na African Management Institute

Urwego Rushinzwe Iterambere mu Rwanda rwagiranye amasezerano n’ikigo cya African Institute Management (AMI) yo guha ku buntu Ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito n’ibiciriritse 2.500 (MSME) ubumenyi ngiro mu bijyanye n’ubucuruzi n’ibikoresho byo kwimenyereza mu rwego rwo gufasha igihugu kuzahuka nyuma y’icyorezo cyugarije isi. Ubufatanye bushya, bwagiyeho hifashishijwe inkunga yo mu rwego rw’imari  yatanzwe na Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Response and Resilience Programme, buzatera inkunga ingamba yo kuzahura ubukungu bw’u Rwanda mu rwego rw’ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito n’ibiciriritse.

Gahunda z’amahugurwa za AMI zigamije kuzamura umubare w’ibigo by’ubucuruzi bitsinda ingorane byatewe n’icyorezo cyayogoje isi  zibifasha kugumishaho imirimo isanzweho no gushyiraho andi mahirwe yo guhanga indi mirimo, by’umwihariko ku bategarugori n’urubyiruko.

Bwana Diederik Wokke, Umuyobozi Uhagarariye African Institute Management yaravuze ati : “Kuva muri Gicurasi kugeza muri Kanama uyu mwaka, AMI yakoranye na SME Response Clinic noneho hashyirwaho ingando 5 zikomeza ibigo by’ubucuruzi (Business Survival Bootcamp) zo guhugura abafite ibigo by’ubucuruzi na ba rwiyemezamirimo.Twashimishijwe no gusangira ubumenyi ngiro bwo gufasha ibigo by’ubucuruzi guhangana n’ibihe bikomeye, kandi dushishikajwe kurushaho no kuzakorana  n’ibigo by’ubucuruzi 2.500 mu myaka iri imbere,”.

AMI izakoresha ubwoko bubiri bw’amahugurwa ku buntu ku buryo buhoraho guhera mu Ugushyingo 2020 kugeza muri Mata 2020:

  • Ingando zikomeza ibigo by’ubucuruzi – Amasomo azamara ukwezi agamije gufasha ibigo by’ubucuruzi kwikura mu ngorane birimo muri iki gihe hashyirwaho uburyo bwo kubona no gukora inama nyunguranabitekerezo bagiramo uruhare hakoreshejwe ikoranabuhanga, ibikoresho n’indongozi y’ikoranabuhanga, n’uburyo bwo gushyiraho imikoranire n’ibindi bigo by’ubucuruzi.
  • Gumya ubeho maze ukungahare – isomo ryisumbuyeho rimara amezi 6 rifasha ibigo by’ubucuruzi guhanga udushya no gutegura iterambere ryabyo mu bihe biri imbere.


Amahugurwa azatangwa hakoreshejwe ikoranabuhanga mu Kinyarwanda n’Icyongereza.

Ingando zikomeza Ibigo by’Ubucuruzi ya mbere yatangiye kuwa 24 Ugushyingo naho amasomo ya mbere ya Gumya Ubeho maze ukungahare akazatangira mu ntangiriro za 2021. Kugira ngo usabe gukurikira aya masomo, sura urubuga rwa:

Niba ukeneye ibindi bisobanuro, ohereza SMS kuri: +250 787 339 435 cyangwa ukoreshe WhatsApp.

NIRDA Open Calls for Business Interventions and Innovations in the Stone, Piggery, Poultry and Animal Feeds Value Chain

NIRDA Open Calls for Business Interventions and Innovations in the Stone, Piggery, Poultry and Animal Feeds Value Chain

On the 5th of November, 2020, the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) launched its annual Open Calls Program to support businesses to address technological and technical barriers to business growth and competitiveness. The Program strives to help Rwandan enterprises to improve their productive capacities to produce quality products for both domestic and international markets. The Program for 2020-2021 will specifically target firm-level business interventions and innovations involved in the stone value chain, piggery, poultry, and animal feeds value chains.

Selected applicants will receive support in acquiring, adapting and making better use of equipment, tools, and software in their businesses in the form of a credit facility at a 0% interest rate with no fees or collateral required, access to free business advisory services, and access to technical support and training of staff to operate new equipment in order to improve quality and value of products.

Interested parties must be registered with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) or the Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) and must have been operational in the four mentioned business interventions for at least four years in the case of the stone value chain, at least two years for the poultry and piggery value chain, and at least one year for the animal feeds value chain.

The application process will involve two competitive selection processes. The first step is to fill out an application form. Once the application form is approved, applicants will be invited to submit a full project application. The deadline for applications is 30th November 2020.

To apply, visit the Open Calls Portal at

For more information, visit: OPEN CALLS

Contact NIRDA’s Hotline: 1055. Email:

RICEM offers capacity building services for cooperatives, SMEs, and microfinance institutions in Rwanda

RICEM offers capacity building services for cooperatives, SMEs, and microfinance institutions in Rwanda

The Rwanda Institute of Cooperatives, Entrepreneurs and Microfinance (RICEM), is a specialized vocational institution under the ownership of Association of Microfinance Institutions of Rwanda (AMIR) and the National Cooperative Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR). The institute’s work focuses on providing capacity building services along with other business advisory services to cooperatives, small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs), and microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Rwanda in the form of training, skills transfer, consultancy, and research.

RICEM’s offerings for each sector are as follows:

Cooperatives in Rwanda have a huge role in promoting inclusive, sustainable development and economic transformation of the country. The cooperative sector are a unique form of a self-help group that involves pooling members’ resources to realize economies of scope and scale. However, cooperatives face several challenges such as limited information and awareness of existing policies, laws, regulations, and internal rules among several others. RICEM as a specialized vocational institution offers different modules to address the challenges faced by cooperatives such as effective governance, effective leadership and cooperative management among others. Click here to learn more.


The state of entrepreneurship has greatly improved in Rwanda with reform campaigns and policies that address business regulations. These have transformed the private sector and made it easier to do business and promote the entrepreneurship sector. However, the entrepreneurship sector still faces several challenges that hinder its players from turning their business ideas into sustainable high-growth businesses that would drive Rwanda towards its vision for growth such as business laws and regulations, business management, business planning among others. Click here to learn more about the specific modules RICEM offers to address these challenges.

RICEM is aware of the critical role the microfinance sector plays in providing financial services in Rwanda. The landscape of the microfinance market over the course of time has changed greatly, and institutions in the sector are becoming increasingly more formal. They have been driven towards focusing on improving efficiency by retaining clients and identifying new clients interested in the financial services offered. Technological advancements have induced new modern ways of offering services which are quicker and more efficient. RICEM provides specific modules to support the development of microfinance such as effective governance for MFIs, effective leadership for MFIs and strategic management for MFIs among others. Click on the here to learn more about RICEM’s approach towards addressing challenges faced by the Microfinance sector.

RICEM has facilities that can conduct 8 training programs at a time including those conducted online, and each facility can accommodate from 25-35 participants given the current situation, but in case of normal situations, training facilities can accommodate 50 to 70 participants according to training standards. RICEM short term training programs can last for 3-5 days/week and long term training programs can last up to a year. RICEM has served over 526 participants from 219 non-financial cooperatives, 255 participants from 35 MFIs/SACCOS and 1409 participants from SMEs since the start of 2020.

For more information, please contact: +250783551066 or

Embracing Digital Literacy program available for women entrepreneurs

Embracing Digital Literacy program available for women entrepreneurs

The Africa Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Rwanda (AWEP Rwanda) in partnership with the US Embassy is offering an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to acquire different skills they need to further their businesses through the Embracing Digital Literacy training program. AWEP Rwanda is an outreach, education, and engagement initiative that targets women entrepreneurs. Through the program, participants will learn skills in:

  1. Market Searching
  2. Business Communication
  3. Designing Marketing Materials
  4. Effective Business Locating
  5. Budgeting

The program is meant to be very interactive and practical, and entrepreneurs will learn both skills on how to incorporate ICT tools in their business activities as well as gain access to a forum of women entrepreneurs that will extend beyond the length of the program. Program participants will also have the opportunity to be able to join the AWEP Rwanda network.

To be eligible for the program, women entrepreneurs must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have a legally registered business. Proof of registration will be required as part of the application process.

The program will take place in four districts of Kigali, Huye, Kayonza, and Rubavu. The program in Kigali will take place from 19th to 20th of November 2020. Dates for other districts will be communicated later.

For more information and application details, click here: Application Details

For any questions, please contact: +250 788 358 891 or

Call for Applications for Start-Ups to Receive Capacity-Building Support

Call for Applications for Start-Ups to Receive Capacity-Building Support

The Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali Entrepreneurship Program 2021 (WSHKEP21) is offering capacity building support for start-ups operating in Rwanda by providing access to quality infrastructure as well as tailor-made services to support their business growth. The Westerwelle Startup Kigali Entrepreneurship Program is designed to support early stage start-ups in Rwanda to create scalable businesses and integrate them deeply within the existing local starting ecosystem to facilitate knowledge sharing and peer learning. The WSHKEP21 is sponsored by the Westerwelle Foundation for International Understanding, a German-based non-profit organization.

Selected applicants will be granted a 9-month membership subscription beginning November 15, 2020, to Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali. This includes access to mentoring sessions with experienced entrepreneurs, corporate partnership networking/facilitation, investment opportunity networking/facilitation, business diagnostic services, and workshops on topics including:


  • Business & financial management
  • Corporate governance
  • Market research and competitor analysis
  • Leadership skills analysis
  • Sales and marketing


It also includes access to amenities such as:

  • Access to a fixed working space including kitchen facilities
  • Access to meeting rooms
  • Event priority if fully booked
  • Own locker
  • Mail service
  • Access to high-speed internet provided by Liquid
  • Hall of Fame feature
  • Marketing feature

To apply, applicants must submit their startup ideas through the relevant online application form before November 15th, 2020 (GMT+2 23:59). Qualified applicants will be notified via email of their successful submission. Please click here to apply: Application Form.


To find out more details about the program, please read the Terms&Conditions.