Tigo Rwanda launches Digital Changemakers Competition 2017

2016 Tigo Digital Changemakers competition winner, Erick Joseph, explains his project Family Wallet which helps informal workers to save some of their earnings.

Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, has launched its annual social entrepreneurship competition the Tigo Digital Changemakers Award.

The competition aims at identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs with digital tools and technology to improve communities and impact future generations. Tigo Rwanda is looking for innovations that focus on broadening financial inclusion and digital inclusion.

After an extensive selection process by Tigo, Reach for Change and external experts, three winning initiatives will each receive a financial award and support to grow their organization in the Reach for Change Incubator program. In addition to a cash prize of Rwf 8.2 million each, the selected ideas will receive tools to support their social enterprises and develop as leaders, and get access to a global network of existing social entrepreneurs.

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Tigo Rwanda’s Chief Business Officer, Amit Chawla, explains the competition.

“Together with our partner Reach for Change, we have supported 12 social entrepreneurs in the Reach for Change Incubator, who have impacted the lives of over 66,000 children in Rwanda,” remarked Tigo Rwanda Chief Business Officer, Amit Chawla, at the launch at KLab. “These social entrepreneurs have made use of funding, coaching, mentorship and more to create impressive impact in Rwanda. We are also excited to bring even more young innovators to the fore with this competition.”

“We are looking for the best innovative digital ideas that can provide genuine solutions to problems facing children and society, while at the same time promoting connectivity, financial inclusion, and digital inclusion particularly in deprived communities,” said Lindy Larson, Reach for Change Africa Programs Manager. “We believe social entrepreneurship has the power to drive change in our communities.”

Applications are open from 13th October to 17th November. Individuals with initiatives that use digital tools and technology to create impact can find more information about the competition here.

Applicants must have a working prototype in place that concerns financial Inclusion or digital Inclusion, have potential for a great social impact, be scalable, financially sustainable, and system-changing.

Applicants who need support with the application process can visit the Tigo Service Centre at Union Trade Center (UTC) on weekdays between 8 AM and 5 PM, or via the e-mail rwanda@reachforchange.org.

Current Tigo Digital Changemakers

Auxilia Ndamage is working to include Rwandan farmers in the financial system through her organisation AfroVector, by digitizing the agricultural value chain and providing farmers with access to financial services like savings, loans and pensions so that they can provide their families with a better future.

Erick Joseph has developed Family Wallet, a digital application that helps informal workers to save some of their earnings. It also tracks their income and expenses to help them build credit, access loans and create a better life for themselves and their families through access to financial services.

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Reach for Change's Aneth Batamuliza explains how to enter the competition.

Emile Babu has developed iSOKO, a virtual marketplace to help low-income workers not only to earn more income, but also to lay the foundation for them to build credit so that they can access small loans to help their families and send their children to school.

Julien Daniel Mitali is helping students prepare for and pass their national examinations through a digital platform, Mimschak Star, which connects them to learning materials, career development and specialized teachers.

Gaspard Twagirayezu runs an organization called Creation Hill that inspires Rwandan youth to become creators rather than just consumers of technology through school tech fairs, tech clubs and e-camp programs. Gaspard’s vision is to create a world where Africans are pioneering new technological solutions to national, regional and global problems.

Martine Umulisa founded Kaami Arts, with a team of other artists with backgrounds in music, theatre, cinema, photography, dance to help address some of the most vulnerable children in Rwanda. Kaami Arts provides children with platforms for expression, creativity, problem solving, positive thinking, and confidence building, and helps them to use their artistic abilities to create social change.

Dominique Alonga is a young activist who is using her organization, ImagineWe, to create a vibrant reading culture among children in Rwanda. ImagineWe organizes national reading events and helps schools across the country get a library.

Sam Zizinga is working to change the way that children learn, helping them to do better in school. His Cartoon Home Network provides school-aged children with video presentations that provide practical demonstrations of the theory covered in the curriculum, to help them better understand the concepts.

Louis Ngabonziza founded the organization Empowering Children with Disabilities which is working to ensure that deaf children access the resources they need to succeed. By providing hearing impaired children and youth with formal education, technology and vocational skills, Louis is working to build a generation of confident, self-sufficient young Rwandans.

Yves Iradukunda runs Academic Bridge a program that empowers schools to efficiently collect and manage students’ information, the end goal being to ensure a successful education system for children where parents are fully involved in their child’s education and development.

  • By Hope Magazine
  • Posted 16th October 2017


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