Africa’s Potential in Rwanda.


Africa’s Potentials Emre Gürler has been invited to take part of a Swedish delegation, consisting of representatives from the Swedish Trade Council (Exportrådet), the Swedish institute of international affairs (Utrikespolitiska institutet) as well as the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv).

The delegation which Africa’s Potential will take part of will be in Kigali, Rwanda, studying the role of entrepreneurs and business life as shock absorbers in a post-war context.

The primary focus for the study is set on social and sustainable businesses and entrepreneurs due to their increasing market potential in Africa as beneficiaries of a stable and sustainable society. The aim of the journey to Rwanda is a part of  a research project called The Outreach-project, which is aiming towards contributing to an environment supportive of poor people’s sustainably entrepreneurial efforts to improve their lives in post-conflict countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The inital part of this project has already been made in a suburban-area outside of then Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

The overall goals for the Rwanda journey:

  • Increase the knowledge about the role of sustainable entrepreneurship in post-conflict regions and lay the foundation for a debate on how Swedish aid can develop and be used as a catalyst for sustainable entrepreneurship in post-conflict regions.
  • Show examples of social and sustainable companies, businesses and projects in post-conflict regions that have grown and generated return, and use these to motivate Swedish businesses and investors to increase the interest in investing on new markets.
  • Gather general knowledge on how small businesses can grow to become medium and large businesses.

Updates from the delegation-trip, will be posted on Africa’s Potentials site soon after the journey, as well as on our:

Africa’s Potential – Facebook-page.

Best regards,

The Africa’s Potential Team.

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4 Responses to “Africa’s Potential in Rwanda.”

  1. Randy says:

    October 29th, 2009 at 18:32

    I believe you work is excellent, please let us know how the project in Rwanda goes. Good luck with everything!

  2. Brian says:

    November 11th, 2009 at 12:05

    I worked for six (6) months in Ghana where I started a micro financing project, empowering the Ghanaian women in my little village (20-30 women) with knowledge, skills and better financial opportunities. I did so by doing workshops with the women, teaching them the basic skills of math, and how to set up a simple hand made budget. Skills was provided by the overbringing of some of my business skills to them.
    Lastly, I made them all deposit a minor amount of money, into a big pile of money (the women owned the money – Not me), where they afterward could loan money with if they paid it back, and some interests. Before I left, we had doubled the big pile of money, making it possible for the women to borrow even more money. It is more fun to pay interest to your self, than to the banks, that often charge 20-30% in interest.

    You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions.. BTW, this was done in early 2005.

  3. Emre says:

    November 13th, 2009 at 00:03

    Hello Randy,

    Of course! Just keep following the blogg regarding the fantastic entrepreneurs in Rwanda.

    Best regards,


  4. Emre Gürler says:

    November 13th, 2009 at 00:14

    Very interesting Brian!

    Especially regarding that the Rwandan banks also have at least 20% interest rates on the loans to business here.

    Can you tell me more about the results of that project in Ghana? How many people have been able to create a sustainable future after you initative? Just curious.

    Let’s keep in touch!


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