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Ambassador’s Remarks for the Special Self Help Fund Grant Signing

Good afternoon. Thank you for joining me here today for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony.  I want to thank Mr. Apollo Munanura, Director General for the Rwanda Cooperative Agency for being here today.  I am excited to join with you as we welcome nine (9) new cooperatives to the list of 171 Self-Help grant recipients since 1999. 

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles with cooperatives' members

Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony

On Tuesday, September 20, the U.S. Embassy awarded nine grants to cooperatives in Rwanda totaling $50,000 (40 million RWF).  These grants, made possible by the U.S. Department of State Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund, aim to support projects that are initiated at the community level, encourage community participation, and improve living conditions in the community. This year’s projects include beekeeping,

Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles with alumnae of the U.S. government’s TechWomen

U.S. Ambassador Announces USD $19,970 Grant to Promote STEM Education; Mentorship for Rwandan Girls

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles today announced the award of a $19,970 grant to support mentorship and opportunities for adolescent girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The grant, made possible through the U.S. Department of State’s Mission Driven Alumni Outreach fund, will be implemented by Rwandan alumnae of the U.S. government’s TechWomen exchange

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