Investing in Refugee Entrepreneurs in East Africa

Wharton Professor Katherine Klein recently traveled to Rwanda, a place she has visited many times. While there, she interviewed Julienne Oyler for an episode of the Dollars and Change podcast (Find more episodes here). Oyler is the co-founder and CEO of the African Entrepreneur Collective, which helps entrepreneurs, especially refugee entrepreneurs, in Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia to grow, create jobs, and improve livelihoods. The organization is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Oyler reflected on past accomplishments as well as the work that lies ahead. Listen to the podcast at the top of this page or read an edited transcript of the conversation below.

Katherine Klein: What is the African Entrepreneur Collective?

Julienne Oyler: We are an organization that supports micro, small, and medium enterprises across East Africa. We provide them with business development services, such as trainings on bookkeeping and other financial management. We offer them one-on-one consulting, so they can put these lessons into practice. Through our in-house investment fund, we offer financing so that these businesses can grow. Ultimately, our work is to help some of these tremendous entrepreneurs throughout Africa improve their lives, create jobs for others in their communities, and most importantly, be strong economic contributors to their communities. Read More

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