Rwanda

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

Rwanda serves as the original site for Inkomoko in East Africa and has continually expanded our services to entrepreneurs across the country since we launched here in 2012. As a nation deeply committed to economic development through entrepreneurship, with excellent enabling systems and financial inclusion of refugees, Rwanda is also Inkomoko’s headquarters for the entire East Africa region.

IMPACT

Since 2012, Inkomoko has worked with over 33,000 clients in Rwanda. We have deployed more than US$ 3 Million in capital to clients, who have created more than 28,000 new jobs. More than half of our clients are women. 

INKOMOKO LOCATIONS

The Kigali headquarters office is run by Managing Director Aretha Mutumwinka Rwagasore, with more than 100 staff across 9 offices. By embedding staff across the country, Inkomoko profoundly understands the challenges and opportunities across the various locations.

  • Kigali: The most significant area of operations is in our Kigali office, where we work with small businesses in various industries. Business Development Advisors and Loan Officers provide hundreds of entrepreneurs with a comprehensive suite of services annually.
  • Secondary Cities and Host Communities: Inkomoko opened our Musanze office to provide advisory to the growing tourism industry in Rwanda. As Rwanda’s secondary city strategy includes economic development in smaller cities, we also support entrepreneurs in Kirehe District, Gatsibo District, Karongi, Rulindo, Nyamata, and Masoro. This approach integrates smaller cities with larger ones and refugee communities with their hosts.
  • Refugee Camps: Inkomoko began working with Burundian and Congolese refugees in 2016 with the advent of the cash-transfer program. We support small businesses to launch and grow and hire refugee colleagues to work alongside companies for tailored advisory. Inkomoko operates in all five refugee camps in Rwanda: Mahama, Nyabiheke, Kiziba, Kigeme, and Mugombwa.

KEY PARTNERS

We are stronger with the support and guidance of many leading partners through the entrepreneur ecosystem in Rwanda. Murakoze cyane to the following partners:

  • Bank of Kigali
  • Central Bank of Rwanda
  • Development Bank of Rwanda
  • GIZ Rwanda
  • International Trade Centre
  • MINEMA
  • MINICOM
  • Ministry of ICT
  • MTN Rwanda
  • Rwanda Development Board
  • UNHCR Rwanda
  • UN Women
  • YouthConnekt
  • World Bank Rwanda