Akilah, an accredited women’s college in Rwanda, offers an accessible, affordable, and highly effective diploma program that empowers young women to enter and thrive in the workforce.
Historically, the high cost of education, distance between homes and schools in rural communities,
and traditional gender norms have limited female participation in tertiary education in Rwanda, where fewer than 7 percent of university-aged women enroll in higher education.
Akilah’s model seeks to ensure that more women have access to higher education and that those women graduate with the skills necessary to find meaningful employment.
Eighty nine percent of Akilah alumnae secure jobs within six months of graduation and earn incomes that average 12 times the national per-capita median income. Akilah graduates go on to assume leadership roles in their workplaces and communities.
Through Amplify, Akilah worked to establish a sustainable financial model that will allow it to scale across Africa and empower exponentially more women, while remaining accessible
to low-income students in search of further education and workforce- readiness support.