MTN Rwanda begins to empower female agents

On 24 October 2022 at 11:36

Rwanda’s leading telecom, MTN Rwanda has initiated a program to empower female agents through skills development and funding to expand businesses.

The support is extended to female agents under ‘Twese Initiative’ launched by the telecom to work with different organizations to roll out activities with impact to the community.

Through this initiative, MTN Rwanda equips female agents from across the country with different skills and gives them Kiosks among other kinds of support helping them to run businesses.

MTN will also bring them together in cooperatives and provide funding to expand businesses.

As part this initiative, MTN Rwanda interacted with 100 female agents operating in Kigali City recently on 21st October 2022. They were tipped on how to run businesses smoothly and enlightened on ways to fight against violence.

Chief Sales and Distribution Officer at MTN Rwanda, Norman Munyampundu said that they decided to empower the female agents in a bid to align their efforts with national priorities.

“We are aligning our efforts with the government’s program to empower women. It is under this context that we decided not to leave behind people working with us,” he said.

Munyampundu highlighted that the female agents will be supported to speed up business growth.

“We have approached these women to provide them with the right skills and empower them, especially through the provision of equipment, capital and teach them how to grow their businesses,” he noted.

Agents also commended the telecom for staying closer to them to ensure success of their businesses.

“We have been working smoothly with MTN. This is not the first time the telecom provides funding to members of the society. We are excited to be among beneficiaries this time around and look forward to business growth and improved livelihoods of our families,” said Chantal Nyirahatambineza.

“We are very pleased and hope to work together for our businesses to flourish. The support given to us will reduce barriers we used to face, thanks to acquired knowledge and skills,” revealed another agent identified as Diane Kampile.

‘Twese initiative’ will be rolled out across the country. Last year, MTN Rwanda donated Rwf10 million to the National Union of Disability Organizations of Rwanda (NUDOR) to procure various types of essential materials for people with disabilities through this initiative.

Participants of the event with beneficiaries at the unveiling of activities geared towards empowering female agents.
Female agents operating in Kigali were also enlightened on ways to fight against violence.