Julia Taft Refugee Grant

U.S. Embassy Kigali Political Officer Denis Test (left) and Indego Africa Country Director, Rosine Urujeni after the grant signing at the U.S. Embassy.

Julia Taft Refugee Grant

The U.S. Embassy awarded a $25,000 grant to support vocational and business training for female refugees in the Mahama Refugee Camp in Eastern Province, Rwanda. The grant is made possible by the U.S. Department of State Julia Taft Refugee Fund and will be implemented by the non-profit organization Indego Africa.

Through basic business training, this grant will help participants develop the technical skills necessary to produce quality artisanal products to sell in local, regional and global markets. Participants will learn how to utilize technology to conduct research on market opportunities that will enable them to establish their own businesses.  Additionally, participants will be encouraged to work as a community to supply products for local or international handicraft companies, and pass on their knowledge to other refugees living in the camp.

The training is scheduled to start in January 2017 and be completed by September 2017.

About Julia Taft Refugee Fund

The Julia Taft Refugee Fund is a U.S. Department of State program intended to fill gaps in ongoing international refugee programs through local projects of up to $25,000. The projects funded under this Fund are completed within a year.