About the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center

The Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center, located in the Eastern province of Rwanda, is an innovative social enterprise founded by Women for Women International in 2013. The striking campus, conceived by architect Sharon Davis, was built using 450,000 clay bricks handcrafted by a local cooperative run by Women for Women program graduate Angelique Mukankubana.

The center has created a secure, supportive environment in which women can find support, access resources and develop life-changing skills enabling them to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-reliance.

The rolling hills on which the center is constructed are perfect for those who wish to discover rural Rwanda. In addition, the center offers unmatched cultural experiences.

Urugo means home, our urugo is a space of learning, a hub for women’s entrepreneurship, a resource for the community, and a model of an environmentally conscious design. We strive for stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities.

Doing the right thing,
at the right time.

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.

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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 well-being. 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.

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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, bio-gas 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.

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About Women for Women International

Women for Women International has extended a helping hand to more than 447,000 marginalized women in countries affected by wars and conflicts since 1993. The organization offers support, tools, and access to life-changing skills needed 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 trainee 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 runs its programs through the generous support of individuals, corporate and foundation donors, partners, and governments. Learn how you can support Women for Women International.