Enablis, a Canadian entrepreneur promoter network on Tuesday launched Enablis Rwandan chapter that will see local entrepreneurs mainly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) benefiting from their free services.
Charles Sirois, the Chief Executive Officer and president of the worldwide entrepreneur network said that Enablis offers services to entrepreneurs as capacity building, access to finances as well as an international mentorship programme.
With its presence in Kenya, Tanzania and now Rwanda, it is looking forward to establishing in Uganda. The network has over 1,000 members in Africa with a target of 4,000 members within three years time.
“Our core values are respect to customers, integrity, professionalism as well as sustainability of the business which enhances the growth of enterprises hence reducing poverty,” said Sirois.
With $10 million that was committed for start up in Africa, Enablis has partnered with other institutions such as banks to create guarantee funds that will ease access to finance to the SMEs.
Protais Musoni, the Minister in charge of Cabinet Affairs who was the chief guest at the launch in Kigali said that Enablis will create opportunities for Rwandan entrepreneurs where the government has created the right environment for business growth.
So far Enablis is working with less than ten entrepreneurs in Rwanda ranging from farming, transportation, engineering among others and it targets to have more than 100 members before the end of this year.
Sirois said that they are a global network operating in Africa and next year they will venture in Latin America and Europe with same values. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, minister of trade and industry said that Enables comes at the right time when the government is working hard to put in place a policy that will develop the SMEs sector.
“We see in you a powerful partner whom we value and all that we need now is a critical mass of entrepreneurs,” said Nsanzabaganwa.