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Empowering women entrepreneurs in Rwanda: The game that’s transforming lives

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Today, we’re going to talk about one of the most important and powerful movements out there: women supporting women. I am a woman myself, and I fully recognize the immense value of women supporting and uplifting each other. It’s a beautiful thing to see, and it’s something we should all be doing as often as possible.

We are talking about women coming together to lift each other up and cheering for one another. It’s about time we acknowledge and celebrate this movement, and I am here to do just that!

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Women supporting women is not only a great way to empower each other, but it’s also incredibly important for achieving gender equality. When women stand together, we’re able to create positive change, break down barriers, and accomplish amazing things.

One initiative that’s doing a fantastic job of supporting young female entrepreneurs is Le village de la Femme. Le village de la Femme or Women’s Avenue is a platform founded by Chrystelle Intaramirwa and Aretha M. Rwagasore.

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Le Village de La Femme is part-taking in breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for young female entrepreneurs

It is a platform for female entrepreneurs to connect, network, and discuss issues that they face on a daily basis. According to Co-founder, Aretha M. Rwagasore, it also serves as a platform for them to “gain market access.”

Chrystelle Intaramirwa, Co-founder, says the concept was born last January, when she and Rwagasore wanted to inspire young women who were struggling during and after Covid. “We wanted them to connect, be visible, make money, be inspired, and grow their businesses,” she explained.

It is critical for all types of female entrepreneurs to meet, discuss their ideas, and network with one another. They get to show off their work in front of their peers and clients.

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These young women are inspiring the next generation of female entrepreneurs

The women were given an opportunity to apply and register to showcase their work and creativity. Young women are really out there breaking barriers for the younger generation that will come after them.

But what’s truly inspiring about Le village de la Femme is the sense of community it fosters among women. When women come together to support each other, amazing things can happen.

They are able to share their knowledge, experiences, and resources to help each other succeed. It’s a beautiful thing to see.

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Networking is such an important aspect for every business owner

According to Alice Umubyeyi, the CEO and digital Marketer for Nailcast, a digital company that sells press on nails, being part of such an initiative is a great opportunity for her.

“In Le Village de La Femme, I was able to meet with other business Women. We are sharing thoughts on how we can grow as a business.We were able to meet new clients who did not know what we did. It was wonderful,” she said.

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Young women should get the opportunities to get visible and also access the market

Igiraneza Grace, part of the Happy Farmers who was also showcasing their incredible work said that, “We had the opportunity to meet with different entrepreneurs.Some had clothes and other things but they also approached our stand to look at what we were doing. We had so many clients. They kept coming. I think it is a really fortunate situation for us to network and meet a lot of people.”

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Young entrepreneurs are bringing different solutions on the market

It’s not just Le village de la Femme that is making a difference. Women all over the world are finding ways to support and uplift each other, whether it’s through mentorship, funding, or simply showing up for each other in times of need.

When women come together, we are unstoppable. We are a force to be reckoned with, and the world knows it. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and when we combine our skills and knowledge, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.

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Celebrating each other’s successes and cheering each other on

Of course, there are still many challenges that women face when it comes to achieving gender equality. We still have a long way to go in terms of closing the wage gap, breaking down gender stereotypes, and combating misogyny and discrimination. But when women support each other, we’re able to create change and make progress, even in the face of adversity.

Now stay tuned next year and apply to showcase what your small business does. You can dive into our opportunities section to see what other opportunities there are.

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