Grassroots Rwanda

Grassroots Rwanda aims to establish 1000 Self Help Groups for 20,000 women living in extreme poverty (surviving on less than AUD$120 per year) in rural Rwanda.

More than 180,000 women in Rwanda have already joined a SHG and report amazing social, economic and human rights benefits. These include establishing supportive friendships and thriving local businesses, as well as improved family health, private health insurance, access to child and adult education, as well as decreased incidence of domestic violence.

Grassroots Rwanda will not educate the women’s children, dig wells or provide food. But for a one-time investment of $30 per woman or $600 per SHG or $6000 per village (10 SHGs), Grassroots Rwanda WILL provide personal development and vocational training, community meetings to ensure community support, entrepreneurship mentoring and small group support. From that foundation the women establish individual and group businesses that allow each woman in the SHG to take care of their own family and community needs.

It is a remarkable story.

She makes her future.

Self Help Groups
Doing it themselves
Self Help Groups
Doing it themselves

Grassroots Rwanda Stories

“One stick is easy to break but 20 sticks, bound together, are strong.”

- Rwandan Proverb

To start 1000 Self Help
Groups in Nyamagabe,

Sub goals

20,000 women join a Self Help Group across 100 villages over 5 years

Personal development and skills training for every woman to start small self sustaining businesses

SHG Women provide shelter, education, health care, food & nutrition for their families

SHG Women become local community leaders and development advocates across their districts


Foxglove supports the provision of the following services by its in-country partner, AEE Rwanda:

Community Networking

Community leaders identifying poorest women in the community

Wider community meetings ensuring support

Group Coordinator

1 coordinator for every 10 SHGs

SHGs Paid position for 12-18 months

Facilitates formation of Village Cluster (2 women from each SHG)


8 basic training modules in first six months (e.g. saving & loans, literacy, communication, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship)

Ongoing training in health & hygiene, agriculture…

Ongoing Evaluation

Narrative and statistical reporting 6 monthly

Story telling tracking small number women from each Village Cluster

Impact & Achievements

Foxglove supports the provision of the following services by its in-country partner, AEE Rwanda:

Personal Empowerment

96% women become independent and self supporting within 18 months

96% women functionally literate for small business

Friendship & Social Capital

97% women remain in a SHG for the long term

Women suggest friendship greatest benefit of joining a SHG


97% SHG women start up small to medium self sustaining businesses

SHGs form group cooperatives to share financial returns and business knowledge

Family Health & Wellbeing

97% women pay for family cover under Government health insurance policy

Women provide families with 3 balanced meals within 18 months

Grassroots Rwanda Gallery

How can I support
Grassroots Rwanda?

Give a donation and fund a woman into a self-help group

Organise a community fundraising event for Grassroots Rwanda

Take part in a sponsorship event with Grassroots Rwanda as the nominated charity