Friday, August 14, 2015

Tigo Rwanda and Reach for Change launch the Changemakers Hub



Tigo Rwanda and Reach for Change have launched the Changemakers Hub.  This hub, located at the Tigo Headquarters in Muhima, will provide office space and resources for applicants and current Digital Changemakers.


Last month, Tigo Rwanda in partnership with the non-profit organization Reach for Change, launched the 4th edition of the Tigo Digital Changemakers Award. The competition aims at identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs with digital tools and technology to improve communities and future generations.

Speaking at the public opening of the Changemakers Hub at Tigo HQ, Mrs Elisabeth Mwangi, Tigo People Director, said: “Tigo and Reach for Change are reinforcing their strategic partnership in supporting Digital Changemakers. We are happy to be the driving force that provides solutions that impact lives and at the same time bridge the digital divide.

The Changemakers Hub will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and will provide support to applicants who apply to the competition and the changemakers from previous years working on their projects.

The Reach for Change team also announced that the application deadline for the 2015 Tigo Digital Changemakers competition has been extended to 29th August. All those interested in applying or finding out more about the competition are encouraged to visit the Changemakers Hub or visit www.tigo.co.rw/digitalchangemakers

Speaking or behalf for the Reach for Change’ changemakers’, Uwase Dominique Alonga said: “I am really excited about the new office space created for us by Tigo – the first  Changemakers Hub. It's great to have a place not only to work but to meet the other Changemankers and inspire each other. I really believe that everyone has great stories to share and I can't wait to be close to them and be challenged by them! Thank you Tigo

Speaking on behalf of Reach for Change, Lindy Larson said: “So far5 Changemakers have been supported by the programme and have impacted the lives of over 46,000 Rwandan children. We already have a portfolio of Changemakers who are creating impressive impact. This hub will give them the boost they need.”


Tigo recently unveiled its refreshed brand image and a new slogan, ‘Live it, Love it’, as part of its efforts to connect even more strongly with its customers.

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 56 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 African customers.

Fact Box
  • Tigo has nearly 2.6 million customers in Rwanda
  • Tigo Rwanda has invested over US $310 million in the country till date.
  • Tigo has also announced a further US $80 million investment over the next five years in Rwanda.
  • Recently, the company launched Tigo Sugira, Rwanda’s first mobile-based savings product.
  • Other highlights include an investment of US $1 million in Think, Africa’s Rwanda-based technology incubator and the ‘Most Innovative Service Award’ at Africa Com 2014 for international mobile money transfers with integrated currency conversion between Tigo Rwanda and Tigo Tanzania
  • Tigo launched it’s new slogan – Live it, Love it – in July 2015 as it repositions and streamlines products for its fast changing customer base and give real value to consumers.


ABOUT REACH FOR CHANGE
Reach for Change is a Swedish non-profit organization founded by the Kinnevik Group of companies to improve the lives of children and youth. Reach for Change invests in social entrepreneurs who have a strong desire to promote children’s rights, an innovative idea to change the world for children, and the passion and the drive to create this change. They are given salary funding and coaching in an Incubator program, and are matched with advisors and experts from a network of companies within the Kinnevik Group.
Find out more on: www.reachforchange.org/africa