About the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center
Built and operated by Women for Women International with the generous funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and others, the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center provides a safe environment and dedicated facilities where women can learn, build new skills, and operate businesses that directly contribute to the local communities. The center offers:
A space of learning for women and men. The Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center provides vocational and life skills training for women and supports our Men’s Engagement Program, designed to build support for women’s economic and social empowerment in Rwanda.
A hub for women’s entrepreneurship. The center provides women with a space for income generating activities, business mentoring, access to financial services and markets, and cooperative and agribusiness support.
A gathering space for events. The Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center welcomes business, government, and other groups for meetings, celebrations and special events with conference facilities, accommodations, dining and an open-air tent overlooking our lush gardens.
A center for tourism. En-route to the gates to Akagera National Park, the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center is well positioned to bring tourism to Eastern Province. Guests enjoy comfortable accommodations, dining, shopping, and cultural experiences while supporting women’s economic development.
A resource for the community. The center conducts community outreach activities to help meet the social and economic needs of the Kayonza community and to establish the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center as a vibrant place for women, children and men in the community to learn new skills and improve their wellbeing. Outreach services include monthly HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, Sexual Reproductive Health campaigns, family planning services, Gender-Based Violence prevention campaigns, evening forums for parents, hygiene and nutrition demonstrations and discussions, and counseling and support services for women and girls.
A model of environmentally conscious design. The striking campus, conceived by architect Sharon Davis, was built using 450,000 clay bricks handcrafted by a local women’s cooperative run by Women for Women International program graduate Angelique Mukankubana. On-site solar power generation, rainwater harvesting, biogas cooking fuel, and composting toilets help minimize the Center’s environmental impact.
The center is a permanent haven where formerly excluded women can inspire their still aspiring sisters to advance themselves, their families, their communities and the nation, brick by brick.
About Women for Women International
Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 447,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict, offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.
We bring women together in a safe space to learn life, business, and vocational skills. Each participant receives a monthly stipend as she learns new income-generating skills and discovers how to protect her legal rights and improve her family’s health and nutrition.
The result: stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities.
Women for Women International delivers our programs through the generous support of individual, corporate and foundation donors, partners, and governments. Learn how you can support Women for Women International.