ANALYSIS OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME WOMEN AND THE VERY POOR IN RWANDA

Over 80% of Rwanda’s population is dependent on the agricultural sector for their livelihoods. Despite rapid economic growth over the past decade, 60% of the country’s population remains below the poverty line. 30% of the country’s households are female-headed and most of them are very poor. As low- income women and the very poor comprise the majority of Rwanda’s people but are two groups are generally excluded from the process of economic development due to a lack of access to resources and services, USAID requested an analysis of economic opportunities for these target beneficiaries.To inform USAID as where investments would yield the highest returns, this study looked at who the target beneficiaries were; what types of interventions USAID could invest in to meet the beneficiaries’ needs; where to act; and how to implement these interventions.

Institutional Sponsors: USAID and the OTF Group

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