Launched in 2018, the Cornell Hanga Ahazaza Initiative received $5 million from the Mastercard Foundation to provide educational training for professionals in the hospitality and tourism sectors in Rwanda. The aim was to provide youth in Rwanda with world class training from our Nolan School of Hotel Administration, speeding their upskilling and economic contribution and marketability in these two important economic sectors. The project and Mastercard Foundation grant conclude June 30, 2024.
Benjamin says that this program expanded his leadership and communication skills, as well as his understanding of marketing. Since completing the program, he’s been promoted to guest house manager. He hopes to own his own hotel one day.
Adelphine is 30 years old and resides in Kigali. She believes that the program’s comprehensive training will help her contribute to the Rwandan Hospitality industry. She owns an indoor plant company #elamorgardenkigali, and hopes to open a restaurant and boutique hotel aimed at providing opportunities for young women.
Scovia is Co-Founder of Transinvest Tours & Travel, Ltd. A graduate of the Hanga Ahazaza program, Scovia says, “I ensure that I am continually updated about global trends in this industry. I always look out for opportunities.”