CORE Project Official launch
The Creating Off-farm Rwandan Enterprises (CORE) project was officially launched in Rusizi on 15th September 2015. The ceremony was officiated by World Vision Rwanda National
Improved access to and utilization of information technology for youth and women to support off-farm businesses.
Information communication technology for development (ICT4D) has proven
immensely effective in the Rwandan context. In this regards, CORE
project is establishing a number of Community Knowledge Centers (CKCs)
equipped with ICT Materials (computers, printers, and a photocopier) and
Increased off-farm entrepreneurship and market-oriented businesses among women and youth.
In addition to focusing on women and youth’s cooperatives, the project also works to foster an environment of entrepreneurship for women and youth in Nyamasheke and Rusizi Districts.
Strengthened environment for the creation and successful management of cooperatives.
The project works extensively with the Nyamasheke and Rusizi District governments to establish systems that promote the registration, establishment, and management of off-farm cooperatives for women and youth.
The main goal of CORE project is to significantlyincrease household off-farm income for women and youth in Nyamasheke and Rusizi districts by 2018.
Women and youth face significant barriers to entering the formal labour market, especially the off-farm labor market. The key barriers that women and youth face in increasing their economic opportunities in Nyamasheke and Rusizi districts are:
* Limited access to skills training
* Barriers to empowerment for women
* Limited non-farm collective activity within the districts
* Limited access to market information
* Limited access to financial services for women and youth
* Limited support structures in place for entrepreneurs
* Limited availability of ICT Services within the districts