Women’s Empowerment
USD$ 25,000

WINNERS: FinDev Canada, Senior Gender Advisor, Anne Marie Levesque (left) presents the Women’s Empowerment Award trophy to Blandine Umiziranenge of Kosmotive (center) from Rwanda. One hundred East African women entrepreneurs were also announced the winners of the inaugural 2019 2X Invest2Impact.

Recognizes real empowerment and participation of women in the boardroom, workplace and society, won by Blandine Umiziranenge of Kosmotive from Rwanda.

Kosmotive was founded in 2014 to improve reproductive, maternal and child health in Rwanda. Kosmos Magazine is a print and online periodical that offers interesting, reader-friendly child and maternal health and lifestyle information to young women and mothers in Rwanda. It provides parenting advice for a wide readership, including fathers, young people and anyone interested in the wellbeing of families.

Youth Employment or Entrepreneurship
USD$ 20,000

WINNERS: Mastercard Foundation, Director of Impact, Diane Dusaidi (left) presents a cheque of USD $20,000 as part of the Youth Employment or Entrepreneurship award won by Beryl Anyiti Walubengo of Crystal Africa Cleaning Service Limited from Kenya. One hundred East African women entrepreneurs were also announced the winners of the inaugural 2019 2X Invest2Impact.

Recognizes a business that empowers youth entrepreneurship and opportunities, and inspires them to be tomorrow’s leaders, won by Beryl Anyiti Walubengo of Crystal Africa Cleaning Service from Kenya.

The organization is committed to employing youth with no access to tertiary education. Given that its service delivery requires unskilled labor, Crystal Africa Cleaning Services developed a training programme that the youth undertake, before placement on client sites. On completion, one is given a job and allowed to advance in a career within the organization. The skills provided include computer skills, service operations procedures, first aid and customer service. Today, the entire staff of 70 and shareholders of the company are youth under 35 who have meaningful responsibilities in management and service delivery.

Social Innovation
USD$ 20,000

WINNERS: CDC Group Plc, Investment Executive, Borja Garcia Fernandez (left) presents a cheque of USD $20,000 as part of the Social Innovation award won by Yvette Ishimwe of Iriba Water Group Limited (center) from Rwanda. One hundred East African women entrepreneurs were also announced the winners of the inaugural 2019 2X Invest2Impact.

Recognizes the use of technology or innovative approaches to improve lives and support healthy communities, won by Yvette Ishimwe of Iriba Water Group from Rwanda.

Iriba Water Group Ltd’s goal is to provide safe drinking water to people while also fighting against climate change. This has been achieved by eradicating usage of single-use plastic bottles through the supply of IRIBA reusable water containers for customers to refill water. The solar-powered water ATMs are placed in different areas of the city, particularly very congested areas such as markets, car parking stations, hospitals, etc. Thanks to this refilling process, safe, clean drinking water becomes very affordable particularly for low-income earners who were otherwise unable to afford clean drinking water with existing bottled water solutions.

Climate Change and the Environment
USD$ 20,000

WINNERS: PROPARCO, Director of Sustainable Development, Pierre Forestier, presents a cheque of USD $20,000 as part of the Climate Change and the Environment award won by, Lucy Mutinda of Ecocycle Ltd from Kenya (left) One hundred East African women entrepreneurs were also announced the winners of the inaugural 2019 2X Invest2Impact.

To recognize a business that is working to address climate change and promote a green economy, won by Lucy Mutinda of Ecocycle Ltd from Kenya.

Ecocycle Ltd converts onsite sewage and waste water to clean, re-usable water through treatment & recycling technology. The technology converts harmful sewage to safe clean water for non-potable use in 8 hours. It incorporates smart technology to automatically run the treatment process as well as requiring minimal energy, which can be supplied from green renewable sources e.g. solar, wind, and geothermal. This is installed on-site for end-users, mainly premises that lack a municipal sewer connection — which stands at 70% in Kenya.

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