Indego Africa is an innovative nonprofit social enterprise and lifestyle brand that supports women in Rwanda through economic empowerment and education. Its mission is to break intergenerational cycles of poverty by providing female artisans with the tools and support to reclaim their own futures, flourish as independent businesswomen, and drive development in their communities.
Indego Africa partners with cooperatives of female artisans, and sell their beautifully handcrafted products through an e-commerce site, boutiques worldwide, and collaborations with independent designers and brands. The on-the-ground Rwandan staff works closely with artisan partners to provide practical, hands-on training in quality control, design, and product management.
Indego Africa pools 100% of profits from sales, donations, and grant support to fund job skills training programs for its artisan partners in business management, technology, entrepreneurship, and English & Kinyarwanda literacy. Through these tailored education programs women develop the knowledge and skills to engage independently with global markets and grow their own businesses. On October 1st, 2014, Indego Africa opened a Leadership Academy in Kigali, Rwanda, dedicated to building powerful businesswomen, entrepreneurs, and leaders.