Tigo Rwanda has recognised the efforts of social entrepreneurs who use technology and telecommunications to strengthen communities.
The telecom operator, in partnership with Reach for Change, announced three winners of their young social entrepreneurs’ competition, “which was open to social entrepreneurs with projects proposing schemes for the most vulnerable children.”
The ‘Reach for Change’ program had already been piloted in Ghana, reaching more than 140,000 children in the first year, through innovative mobile and Internet techniques across the country.
In Rwanda, the most entrepreneurial candidates will join a three-year incubator program, “where they will work on transforming their ideas into sustainable ventures.”
The winning entrepreneurs each received $25,000 in addition to a monthly salary as well as mentoring and professional advice from senior employees of Tigo.
The goal, the company said, was to enhance the use of technology through new social projects that “benefit the entire country.”
Tigo also believes that by supporting new projects across the country, they will be able to boost penetration rates in rural areas and help develop the telecommunications sector.