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My Way Digital Stick

People with visual impairments face different challenges when independently going out, especially in Africa. Assistance systems usually only consist of a wood stick which are common in Africa. Therefore, the My Way Digital Stick will help people with visual impairments navigating around and provide more convenient means of life.

Partners

  • National Council of Person with Disability (NCPD)
  • Rwanda Union of the Blind
  • Ministry of Health (MOH)/Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC)
  • Rwanda Information Society Agency (RISA)

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Nutri

An Early Childhood Development (ECD) program is essential for a future well-performing human workforce. Concurrently, Rwanda’s ECD is still lagging behind. Research has shown that the early years of parenthood play a key role in children’s brain development. Moreover, there is limited access to adequate programs and facilities to provide highly needed health information to Women of reproductive age.

For that purpose, Nutri was developed which is a mobile application based on machine learning to enhance nutritional knowledge among women. It proposed a solution to the challenge through recommending practices and behavioral changes. On the one hand, the app provides information specifically for future parents and caregivers. On the other hand it enhances mothers’ knowledge about breastfeeding practices to support the children’s development. In other words, it educates about breastfeeding, complementary food preparation, food storage, hygiene practices and emotional bonding of mother and child.

Partner

  • University of Rwanda (UR)-Nutrition Department
  • Ministry of Health (MOH)/Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC)/ Early Childhood Development (ECD)
  • Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF)
  • Rwanda Information Society Agency (RISA)
  • UNWomen

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My Money

Rwanda hosts almost 150.000 refugees, at least half of whom are women. Over 55% of female refugees are cut out of productive opportunities due to the lack of information, means, financial literacy and market insights. On the contrary, especially refugees, due to their highly sensitive circumstances need lifesaving assistance. Particularly, this  includes food and nutrition, healthcare, shelter, non-food items, water, sanitation services, education and employment opportunities.

The mobile app and web platform MY MONEY functions as distribution channel matching financial partners with refugee women in camps. Specifically, it creates access to finance in form of loans, trainings of ibimina savings, ibimina management, investment opportunities, and market of their portfolios.

Partner

  • Ministry in charge of emergency management (MINEMA)
  • UNCHR
  • Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF)
  • Rwanda Information Society Agency (RISA)
  • UNWomen

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For more information about the My Money Solution see our solution onepager.

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