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NEXT STEP RWANDA
Providing affordable professional development opportunities leading to better employment outcomes
Pardon the mess on our website.
Wix, our website host, graciously upgraded our website and we're still learning how to use it, especially the set up on a smartphone. We ask that you remain patient as we continue our own #professionaldevelopment.
KORA NEZA is designed to enhance existing curriculum.
High-Quality CV & LinkedIn Editing
ICYIZERE - Mental Health Awareness
Job Coaching & Mentoring
Value of Networking
WOMEN'S PLUMBING INITIATIVE
A unique opportunity for rural women, ages 25-45, to develop the skills to become a trained plumber. We plan to offer 3 month to 2 year training modules with licensing and/or certification and the hand-on skills training required.
Reba. Bikore. Byigishe. ~ See it. Do it. Teach it.
WHO WE ARE
We provide professional development opportunities leading to better employment outcomes.
We promote sustainable, economic security for individuals and entrepreneurs in Rwanda.
We offer affordable, gender equitable job enhancement opportunities for underserved populations in Rwanda that can pivot to meet market demands.
RUKUNDO JEAN BAPTISTE
Founder, Office Manager
Rukundo manages our Rwanda office & provides the internal infrastructure to assist our clients. An artist by trade, his own professional development is enhanced by public speaking engagements & leadership opportunities. He collaborates with our partners & clients to offer stability to our business model as a capable mentor.
Founder, Managing Director
As a management consultant, Judie provides the tools & expertise necessary to rapidly adapt our business model to unique situations in Rwanda. She has experience in crisis & risk management which provide the foundation for our unique social enterprise.
Linda offers financial oversight for our Rwanda operations. As an East African resident who has lived and worked in many countries, she provides the team with cultural stewardship. She currently works in Democratic Republic of the Congo & has a BA in Accounting with a background in hotel management.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Nuan joins our team for 2023, bringing a strong background in international business management. Her experience with social enterprise development pushes us to offer more sustainable opportunities to our clients. Originally from Taiwan, Nuan and her family currently reside in the USA.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Nicole is a talented entrepreneur with a creative gift for design & a diverse client base. She has volunteered her time with us over the past year offering graphic design oversight to our clients. Recently joining our board of directors. Nicole & her family live in the USA.
Interpreter, Job Coach
Carina trained as a traditional dancer in Rwanda before starting her first career in food service, as a server & restaurant owner. Today, she is a registered nurse, providing medical advice in rural pharmacies. Carina translates & interprets for our clients in French, English, and Kinyarwanda. Her unique work experience makes her an invaluable job coach.
Business Mentor, Job Coach
Elvira is a highly motivated entrepreneur who gives back to her Rwandan community every day by mentoring single moms. She advises our business clients with as they begin their own founder journeys. Elvira graduated with a diploma in Hospitality Management & Leadership and offers organizational stability to our team.
Emmy keeps us safe while overseeing the sanitation & hygiene of our office and living quarters. He greets guests with a smile & even cooks delicious meals! Emmy has developed a unique art technique that he has applied to customized t-shirts that he makes to sell.
Food & Beverage Consultant
Chef Danzig is a talented Executive Chef who provides advising to individuals & restaurants. With an international palate, his delicious menu diversity is an asset. He understands the fundamentals of food & beverage management ensuring that our clients can maintain their success. Chef Danzig has strong costing & vendor management skills aimed at saving money for restaurateurs.
Job Coach, Freelancer
Eric is our newest addition, a software engineer and freelancer (remote work). With a strong background in sustainable workforce development among youth, he is an asset to our own professional growth. Eric facilitates trainings that build tangible skills for IT specialists.
WHAT WE DO
Under-employment, unintended consequences of COVID policies, & long-term effects of surviving the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi are just a few of the factors impeding our clients' successes. Our model provides opportunities for long-term employment by reinforcing foundational skills & tools for job seekers. We offer professional opportunities that meet market demand.
We are currently seeking professionals to partner with us for mentoring, jobs, & internships. GUKORERA HAMWE ~ Let's work together!
Job Skills Enhancements
Job Placement Opportunities
A SAMPLING OF OUR CLIENTS' WORK
KINIGI ECO CENTER - INSPIRING SUSTAINABLE LIVING
BAKAME SHOP - AN INITIATIVE THAT PROMOTES THE WORK OF LOCAL ARTISANS
CHEF DANZIG - OFFERS CURATED DINING EXPERIENCES & RESTAURANT CONSULTING
A BIT ABOUT US
The concept of Next Step Rwanda was laid out in 2016 when our founder, Judie Henderson, was living and working in Rwanda as a fellow with MINAGRI. Her firsthand experiences with poverty among her friends challenged her to create a sustainable solution. She sought the advice of Rukundo Jean Baptiste, her cultural ambassador and trusted friend.
With government policies that favor entrepreneurship and raw talent, Next Step Rwanda was created during the Pandemic of 2020 to offer viable solutions for gainful employment. With Rukundo and Judie providing foundational leadership, they continue to develop a core staff of job coaches who directly impact poverty at the community level with mentoring and job search tools.
Find us at KG 588 Street in Kacyiru, Kigali Province, Rwanda, East Africa.
Ikaze ~ You're welcome to visit us.