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Tigo extends Twenty Seven Million Rwandan Francs funding to social digital entrepreneurs’ projects

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Kigali – 09th January 2015 – Tigo in partnership with Reach for Change today announced the funding of two more social entrepreneurs who will implement innovative projects aimed at improving the lives of children in the country. Each entrepreneur will receive Rwf 13,800,000 from the company and mentorship through the Reach for Change Incubator Program.

Tigo General Manager, Tongai Maramba, announced the two who were picked from a hundreds of applicants showing how digital tools and initiatives can solve social challenges in the country. .

The two will join a group of five other social entrepreneurs already supported by Tigo in the Digital Changemakers Programme. These are:

  1. YVES IRADUKUNDAAcademic bridge;

o   A program that empowers schools to efficiently collect and manage student’s information, the end goal being to ensure a successful education system for children where parents are fully involved in education.

  1. DOMINIQUE  UWASE ALONGA Read-a-thon (K-Rat) events;
    • She wants to create a vibrant environment where children enjoy reading by organizing Read-a-thon (K-Rat) events that seeks to reward the best Children readers of the nation and also creating website software to encourage and track reading habits of children among Rwandan society.

Tongai Maramba said : “We are very proud to be supporting innovative and digital solutions towards improving the welfare of children in the country. This serves to underline our commitment to implement great ideas that can lead to making a difference in the lives of all Rwandans.”

He continued, “The two social entrepreneurs will join an incubator program where they get support to transform their ideas into sustainable ventures. Apart from the funding, they will also receive mentoring and professional advice from senior employees of Tigo and Reach for Change.”

In August last year, Tigo launched for the fourth time in Rwanda the Digital Changemakers Award aimed at identifying and supporting entrepreneurs with solid digital ideas on how to solve social challenges.

Tadzie Bosha, Regional Communications Manager of Reach for Change Africa commended the winners and all the participants of Tigo Digital Changemakers Award for what she called “wonderful proposals” which were drawn out of so much creativity.

“Indeed it was a very thorough and competitive process to select only two winners among hundreds of brilliant proposals that were submitted to us. It has taken more than three months to scrutinize the applications and to also hold a number of panel interview sessions with the candidates. We are happy this process has ended successfully with these two winners whose project ideas we believe will significantly contribute to improving the living condition of many across the country, “ Bosha said.

Tigo and Reach for Change began the search for social entrepreneurs across all Tigo’s African operations in August of 2012 with its first launch in Rwanda, followed by Tanzania, Congo DRC, Ghana, Chad and then Senegal. .

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