The selected 25 include women entrepreneurs from Rwanda’s fast-growing sectors: Light Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Fashion, Hospitality / Tourism, Professional Services, Healthcare, Handicrafts, Media & Advertising Construction, Publishing, and software development.
This year’s BK Urumuri launch was done virtually due to the covid-19 pandemic, but participants were assured of the efficiency of the services they will receive even in these unusual circumstances.
In her congratulatory message to the selected entrepreneurs, Bank of Kigali’s CEO, Diane Karusisi mentioned that this year, BK chose to focus on unleashing the economic power of women because women contribute significantly to the economic development of the country.
She also encouraged the selected women to use this opportunity for recovering their businesses from the covid-19 pandemic, because even in crises there are also opportunities.
“Our partnership with Inkomoko this year will focus on helping businesses to recover. So, to all the women who are starting this journey with BK Urumuri, we want to tell you that it’s time to strengthen your businesses because we believe that in periods of a crisis, there are also opportunities. Work with us, work with Inkomoko, learn, don’t give up; I know it can be tempting to give up in these periods, but work hard and know that we will succeed together”, says Diane, CEO, Bank of Kigali.
In her welcome message, Inkomoko Managing Director, Nathalie Niyonzima assured entrepreneurs of Inkomoko’s commitment to offering them quality services during the program through a team of experts assigned to them.
“We’re pleased to partner with BK again to bring these Urumuri resources to women in all districts of Rwanda. Even if we are operating in unusual circumstances, at Inkomoko we are committed to providing quality services. The learning that you will get from this accelerator program will not only support you to seek Bank of Kigali’s 0% interest loan but will also prepare you for seeking investment from other sources of finance”, says Nathalie.
Inkomoko has been offering business skills and consulting services to more than 5000 entrepreneurs in Rwanda for over 7 years, and among them are 100 BK Urumuri winners of the past three editions who have commended the program for having contributed tremendously to their business growth.
These include the famous House of Tayo, Moshions, Murukali Smart, Yummy and Fresh, Mudacumura, Karisimbi wines, Ki-pepeo Kids, Ishyo Foods, and many more.
“I’ve had the opportunity to witness the past entrepreneurs’ growth first hand, and we expect this year’s Urumuri participants to push even beyond what we have seen possible”, says Nathalie.
THE 25 SELECTED WOMEN-LED BUSINESSES:
1. Exalto Engineering and Supply Solutions Ltd
2. Uzi Collections
3. Vakman Ltd
4. Slice and Cakes
5. Nova Leather Ltd
6. ABCD Great Life Ltd
7. Farmia Group Ltd
8. Bee Light Ltd
9. DM Bricola Ltd
10. La Fotolia Ltd
11. Huza Press Ltd.
12. WEYA Creations Ltd.
13. Jotete Investment Ltd
14. Feed The World Company Ltd
15. Gukora no Gucuruza Inkweto
16. SHARAMA Events & Tours
17. The Gold World Company Ltd
18. Savior Civil Engineers Ltd
19. Work Roselyne Ltd
20. Berwa Crochet Ltd
21. Endless Trading Company
22. Data Systems Ltd
23. Mugisha Timber Hub
24. Bellavitae Medical Clinic
25. Iwacu Poultry Ltd