Hand in Hand Eastern Africa
Hand in Hand Eastern Africa was set up in Nairobi in 2010. Its first job and business creation program in Kenya was developed in partnership with Sida and FMO, who together invested a total $1.1m. In partnership with development NGO CARE, Hand in Hand Eastern Africa launched a three-year, US $3.2 million partnership in Rwanda in 2013. The alliance blends the best of both organizations, combining CARE’s experience mobilizing savings groups with Hand in Hand’s expertise training rural populations to start their own businesses. The project is expected to create 80,000 jobs.
An independent review funded by the Government of Sweden conclued that Hand in Hand Eastern Africa is making “an undisputed contribution in accessing appropriate financial services to poor rural people” and concluded that “the implementation… by Hand in Hand Eastern Africa has been efficient and constitutes good value for money.”
Please visit HiH Eastern Africa's website for an in-depth description of the team's results, programs and leadership.
Results snapshot: September 2013 – March 2014
Generating businesses and jobs
Business and jobs growth generated by HiH Eastern Africa saw a step change in the past six months, thanks in large part to our expansion in Rwanda.
Training for business success
Hand in Hand Eastern Africa plans to create 80,000 jobs in Rwanda by 2016 in partnership with CARE.