Monday, October 16, 2017

Tigo Rwanda launches Digital Changemakers Competition 2017



Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, has today launched its annual competition, the Tigo Digital Changemakers Award. The competition aims at identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs with digital tools and technology to improve communities and impact future generations. Tigo Rwanda is looking for innovations that focus on broadening financial inclusion and digital inclusion.



After an extensive selection process that involves both Tigo, Reach for Change and external experts, three winning initiatives will each receive a financial award and support to grow their organization in the Reach for Change Incubator program. In addition to the cash prize of Frw 8,2 million each, the selected ideas will receive tools to support their social enterprises and develop as leaders and access to a global network of existing social entrepreneurs. The application period for the competition is now officially open and applications will be received until November 17, 2017.

Speaking at the launch event at KLab, Tigo Chief Business Officer, Amit Chawla said: “Together with our partner Reach for Change we have supported 12 social entrepreneurs in the Reach for Change Incubator, who have impacted the lives of over 66,000 children in Rwanda.  These social entrepreneurs have made use of funding, coaching, mentorship and more to create impressive impact in Rwanda. We are also excited to bring even more young innovators to the fore with this competition”. 

Lindy Larson, Reach for Change Africa Programs Manager, said: “We are looking for the best innovative digital ideas that can provide genuine solutions to problems facing children and society, while at the same time promoting connectivity, financial inclusion, and digital inclusion particularly in deprived communities. We believe social entrepreneurship has the power to drive change in our communities.”

Applications are open from the 13th of October to the 17th of November. Individuals with initiatives that use digital tools and technology to create impact are encouraged to apply. More information about the competition can be found by visiting http://rwanda.apply.reachforchange.org/en/app/accounts/login/?brand=tigo


To stand a chance to win the competition, the applicants must have a working prototype in place that fits into financial Inclusion or digital Inclusion; have potential for a great social impact, be scalable, financially sustainable, and system changing.

Applicants who need support with the application process are invited and encouraged to visit the Tigo Service Center, located at Union Trade Center (UTC), between 8:00AM and 5:00PM during week-days, to get support with completing and submitting their applications. They can also email their enquiries to rwanda@reachforchange.org

Meet the current Tigo Digital Changemakers
Auxilia Ndamage is working to include Rwanda's farmers in the financial system through her organisation AfroVector, by digitizing the agriculture value chain and providing farmers with access to financial services like savings, loans and pensions so that they can provide their families with a better future.

Erick Joseph has developed Family Wallet, a digital application that helps informal workers save a portion of their earnings. It also tracks their income and expenses to help them build credit, access loans and create a better life for themselves and their families through access to financial services.

Emile Babu has developed iSOKO, a virtual marketplace to help low-income workers not only to earn more income, but also to lay the foundation for them to build credit so that they can access small loans to help their families and send their children to school.

Julien Daniel Mitali is working to help more students prepare for and pass their national examinations through a digital platform, Mimschak Star, that connects them to learning materials, career development and specialized teachers.
Gaspard Twagirayezu runs an organization called Creation Hill that inspires Rwandan youth to become creators rather than just consumers of technology through schools tech fairs, tech clubs and e-camp programs. Gaspard’s vision is to create a world where Africans are pioneering new technological solutions to national, regional and global problems.

Martine Umulisa founded Kaami Arts, with a team of other artists with backgrounds in music, theatre, cinema, photography, dance to help address some of the most vulnerable children in Rwanda. Kaami Arts provides children with platforms for expression, creativity, problem solving, positive thinking, and confidence building, and helps them to use their artistic abilities to create social change.

Dominique Alonga is a young activist who is using her organization, Imagine We, to create a vibrant reading culture among children in Rwanda. Imagine We organizes national read-a-thon events and is working to equip schools across the country with their own libraries.

Sam Zizinga is working to change the way that children learn, helping them to do better in school. His Cartoon Home Network provides school-aged children with video simulations that provide practical demonstrations of the theory covered in the curriculum, to help them better retain concepts.

Louis Ngabonziza founded the organization Empowering Children with Disabilities which is working to ensure that deaf children access the resources they need to succeed. By providing hearing impaired children and youth with formal education, technology and vocational skills, Louis is working to build a generation of confident, self-sufficient young Rwandans.

Yves Iradukunda runs Academic Bridge a program that empowers schools to efficiently collect and manage students’ information, the end goal being to ensure a successful education system for children where parents are fully involved in their child’s education and development.

About Tigo Rwanda
Tigo Rwanda is owned by Millicom, a leading telecommunications and media company uniquely dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. It provides mobile, mobile financial, cable and satellite services to over 60 million customers in fourteen countries, primarily under the Tigo brand. Tigo has been operating in Africa since 1993, in Rwanda since 2009, and serves over 26 million customers in Africa.

Currently, Tigo Rwanda has over three million customers and has invested over US $310 million from 2009 to date.  Tigo Rwanda provides 4G LTE on mobile for both prepaid and post-paid customers.  Tigo Rwanda was awarded as the ‘Most Innovative Service’ at Africa Com 2014, for international mobile money transfers with integrated currency conversion between Tigo Rwanda and Tigo Tanzania as well as awarded for “Best ICT Exhibitor” at the Kigali Expo 2015.

About Reach for Change Africa
Reach for Change Africa is a non-profit organization that invests in innovative, early-stage social entrepreneurs who are addressing problems faced by children, youth and women in seven countries across the continent; Ghana, Senegal, Chad, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. Reach for Change runs innovation competitions and provides Accelerator and Incubator programs to exceptional social entrepreneurs who are supported to scale their innovations through funding, access to technical and organizational management expertise, and networking opportunities. Reach for Change Africa is a part of the global organization Reach for Change which operates in 17 countries worldwide.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tigo Rwanda powers Live2Lead 2017 Simulcast



Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with Solutions Africa, on Friday 6, October powered the simulcast of Live2Lead 2017 at the Kigali Marriot Hotel.

The Live2Lead 2017 is an annual leadership training livestreamed from Atlanta, U.S.A, that hosts world-renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell as well as other leaders including Dave Ramsey, Cheryl Bachelder, Don Yaeger and Warrick Dunn. The annual event’s simulcast is broadcast to 300 licensed venues in 32 countries. Rwanda was once again one of few countries in Africa streaming the leadership training. 

Tigo Rwanda staff attending the live2lead training



"Tigo Rwanda was delighted to work with Solutions Africa in delivering seamless connectivity for the yearly Live2lead simulcast. With this digital initiative Tigo Rwanda is further cementing its reputation as a highly reliable technology partner for large scale events of all sorts.  Working in partnership with the public and private sector, we are committed to demonstrating the endless digital possibilities that exist”, said Amit Chawla, the Chief Business officer of Tigo.

Lauding Tigo Rwanda’s stable high-speed internet that made the simulcast possible as well as its business partnership, Julius Lukwago, CEO of Solutions Africa, the company licensed to deliver the event, said;

“We thank Tigo for powering the event, and for once again demonstrating the power of internet in creating opportunities for learning, training, and for business”.

About Tigo Rwanda

Currently, Tigo Rwanda has over three million customers and has invested over US $310 million from 2009 to date.   Tigo Rwanda provides 4G LTE on mobile for both prepaid and post-paid customers.  Tigo Rwanda was awarded as the ‘Most Innovative Service’ at Africa Com 2014, for international mobile money transfers with integrated currency conversion between Tigo Rwanda and Tigo Tanzania as well as awarded for “Best ICT Exhibitor” at the Kigali Expo 2015. In 2016 Tigo Rwanda became the first telecom operator in Africa to sign the Connected Women Commitment Initiative.

Tigo Rwanda is owned by Millicom, a leading telecommunications and media company uniquely dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. It provides mobile, mobile financial, cable and satellite services to over 60 million customers in fourteen countries, primarily under the Tigo brand. Tigo has been operating in Africa since 1993, in Rwanda since 2009, and serves over 26 million customers in Africa.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tigo Rwanda partners with Ministry of ICT to launch Smart Village



Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with the Ministry of Information, Technology and Communications, launched the Tumba Smart Village Initiative today. 


The Smart Village, located in Tumba Sector Rulindo District, Northern Province, has a population of 21,000 and an estimated 5,000 households.
The Smart Village Initiative aims to bridge the digital divide in rural Rwanda by bringing technological solutions and innovations to residents in order to enhance their daily lives, increase socio-economic opportunities and create jobs by increasing their access to ICT and services. The pillars of the Smart Village are Digital Literacy, Financial Inclusion, Education, Connectivity/Electricity, Healthcare, Agriculture, Governance and Smart Markets.
Tigo Rwanda support the Smart Village Initiative through the three pillars of Connectivity, Digital Literacy and Financial Inclusion.
Speaking on the launch of the Tumba Smart Village, Tigo Rwanda Deputy Chief Operating Executive, Chantal Umutoni Kagame said;
“In order to support the three pillars, Tigo Rwanda invested in providing 3G and 4G connectivity to the 21, 000 Tumba Sector residents. Today, they are able to enjoy the fastest and most affordable Internet in the country.  

Working with our suppliers, we are providing subsidized handsets to residents. The feature phones and smart phones we provide are the most affordable in Rwanda at the cost of Frw 6,000 and Frw 36,000 respectively. This shall ensure that as many people in this community are able to access handsets.
Alongside our partners, our VAS (Value Addded Services) trainers are teaching residents how to utilize the Internet, thereby opening the digital world to them. Using our various Mobile Financial Services, residents can now enjoy Tigo Cash services such as Push and Pull, which allow them to move money to and from their bank accounts using their handsets. With our Digital Saving Groups platform, we created a platform that allows unbanked local savings groups (Ibimina) to digitize. Now youth and women’s groups as well as cooperatives can enjoy the convenience of our MFS tools.”
About Tigo Rwanda
Currently, Tigo Rwanda has over three million customers and has invested over US $310 million from 2009 to date.   Tigo Rwanda provides 4G LTE on mobile for both prepaid and post-paid customers.  Tigo Rwanda was awarded as the ‘Most Innovative Service’ at Africa Com 2014, for international mobile money transfers with integrated currency conversion between Tigo Rwanda and Tigo Tanzania. In 2016 Tigo Rwanda became the first telecom operator in Africa to sign the Connected Women Commitment Initiative.
Tigo Rwanda is owned by Millicom, a leading telecommunications and media company uniquely dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. It provides mobile, mobile financial, cable and satellite services to more than 60 million customers in thirteen countries, primarily under the Tigo brand. Tigo has been operating in Africa since 1993, in Rwanda since 2009, and serves more than 26 million customers in Africa.