Remittance Projects in East Africa
Promotion of Seamstresses in Rwanda
The German development organization GIZ offered grants to migrant associations to support remittances for development projects in their country of origin. The seamstresses project in Rwanda offered Rwandan women with little skills the opportunity to develop seamstress skills through vocational training and offer them the opportunity to follow business training and the necessary equipment to practice their new skills.
Rwanda Diaspora Mutual Fund
The Mutual Fund acts as a pool of capital from Rwandans in the Diaspora for collective investments in Rwanda. The mission of the Fund is to promote the financial well-being of the Rwandan Diaspora, while participating in the socio-economic growth of the country. The project is initiated by the national government and is in the process of development (Dec 2011).
Umoja Operation Compassion Society
Umoja is a society helping to empower newcomers and immigrants integrate into Candadian society, as well as supporting initiatives to improve the quality of life in Africa. They have implemented different types of philanthropic projects over the years, such as infrastructural projects (building of schools) in Uganda, supporting microfinance facilities for school-going children and facilitating clean water in communities in Tanzania.