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Investing in the Future

ARC's income generation program in Rwanda began in 2004. Since then, the IGP community has grown to more than 1,800 people working as farmers, furniture-makers, tailors, hair stylists, restaurateurs, retail store owners, and in many other jobs. Each entrepreneur receives two $50 cash grants -- one at startup and another after two months of successful operation. They also receive training in business and manufacturing skills, as well as support from local program staff.
In 2008, the IGP initiated voluntary savings and lending associations (VSLAs). VSLAs are groups of 15 to 25 people who pool their money and make loans to each other. They get back what they contributed, plus interest, at the end of the year, earning a significant return on their investment. The VSLA program has been immensely popular in the camps in Rwanda, where other financial services are not available.


From Refugee to Restaurateur
From Refugee to Restaurateur

Growing Trees
Growing Trees

Sewing
Sewing

Meat for Sale
Meat for Sale

Hope in Hard Times
Hope in Hard Times

"Now, it is a good life."
"Now, it is a good life."

Studying Savings
Studying Savings

Shareholders Meeting
Shareholders Meeting

Huge Loss and New Beginnings
Huge Loss and New Beginnings

At Market
At Market


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