Photo of NDS student thanks to Katarzyna Dragun 2018. All photos and information shared with full consent of students or families. 

RISE works in partnership with Nyabihu Deaf School (nds), Rwanda.

We facilitate an income generating programme for the school and also a business start up project for graduates. 

graduate business start ups 

NDS graduates and their families propose a business idea of their choice 

 

To be eligible, graduates and families must prove the sustainability of the proposal

Eligible business proposals are selected

RISE UK raises funds for graduate business start ups

RISE invests 25-75% with graduates and their families towards the investment based upon the families financial capacity

WHAT

WE

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WHY

IT WORKS

ALLOWING FAMILIES AND STUDENTS TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN BUSINESS START UP PROMOTES SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE TO THEIR KNOWLEDGE, FAMILY SITUATION, SKILLS AND GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION. WE WANT TO MOVE AWAY FROM A MODEL OF CHARITY THAT GIVES WITHOUT CONSIDERING INDIVIDUAL NEED OR SUSTAINABILITY. 

CO-INVESTING WITH FAMILIES INCREASES THE FEELING OF OWNERSHIP AND VALUE THEY PLACE ON THE INVESTMENT. WE WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE A HAND UP AND NOT JUST A HAND OUT. 

WE INVEST IN SOME OF THE MOST DISADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE IN WORLD, PRIORITIZING YOUNG GIRLS. ALL OUR RECIPIENTS ARE DEAF PEOPLE BETWEEN 16-25 YEARS.

BY EMPOWERING YOUNG, DEAF PEOPLE TO START THEIR OWN SMALL BUSINESS WE ARE ABLE TO START CHALLENGING NEGATIVE COMMUNITY PERCEPTIONS OF DISABILITY AND PROMOTE BETTER INTEGRATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF DEAFNESS. 

A SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESS START UP AS SIMPLE AS TAILORING HAS THE ABILITY TO BREAK THE GENERATIONAL CYCLE OF POVERTY HELPING BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR AN ENTIRE FAMILY. BECAUSE INCOME LEVEL IS RELATED TO EDUCATION AND HEALTH STATUS, SOMETHING AS BASIC AS A SEWING MACHINE REALLY CAN CHANGE LIVES.

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TRANSPARENCY

100% OF DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY INTO INVESTMENTS. NO MONEY IS SPENT ON ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.

investments ARE REVIEWED AND SELECTED BY THE RWANDAN TEAM AND AND ONE OF THE UK TEAM VISITS RWANDA ANNUALLY TO BUY THE INVESTMENTS WITH RECEIPTS, CREATING A TRANSPARENT DONATION TRAIL. 

families, STUDENTS AND VILLAGE LEADERS ARE OBLIGATED TO SIGN A 'NO RESALE' FORM TO PREVENT RESALE OF INVESTMENTS SUCH AS LIVESTOCK 

Income generation project

NDS previously dependent on external donations and funding to cover school running costs.  

RISE utilized an exsisting vocational training programme to start an income generation project for the school to reduce reliance on charity. 

students 16-25 academically unable to complete secondary school start a vocational training pathway of their choice, mainly tailoring, embroidery, carving and painting.

during their training students learn to make a set product line. these products are then sold to the domestic tourist market with profits reinvested in teachers salaries, tuition fees for the most disadvantaged children and school meals.

WE ARE MOVING AWAY FROM A MODEL OF CHARITY THAT GIVES HANDOUTS. WE WANT TO EMPOWER PEOPLE TO HELP THEMSELVES

products

find out how to support our project through purchasing products on our  help out page

Embroidery 

GRADUATES CAN LEARN embroidery, a beautiful rural Rwandan tradition that is used when making bed and table covers in villages. embroidering has become lost to the current generation. by teaching girls embroidery they learn an incoming generating skill and a beautiful tradition is kept alive. 

  

Carving & painting

GRADUATES CAN LEARN WOOD CARVING AND PAINTING. ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR ITEMS ARE INTRICATE HAND PAINTED AND CarVED GORILLAS.

 

  

tailoring is a popular vocational training choice and business start up for students. we make clothes and accessories in a variety of designs. 

Tailoring 

Wool products

graduates also learn how to loom a variety of wool products. We have a range of beautiful colors and designs made from Kenyan wool.