“Education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for
reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity.” – The World Bank

To ensure our programs are as effective as possible, quantitative impact evaluation is a central part of our mission. See the data below and explore our goals, impact, measurement tools, and long-term outcomes.

IMPACT SNAPSHOT

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2017/18 IMPACT

UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

OVERVIEW

Through our programs, 211 African students have gained access to university. (2009 – 2017)

THE BASICS

We are training 98 students in 2017/18 compared to 86 students in 2016/17. An increase of 14%.

GENDER EMPOWERMENT

In Rwandan universities and throughout East Africa, on average, women make up only 30% of the student body.1 In contrast, 46% of the 2017/18 These Numbers Have Faces scholars are female.

1. University of Rwanda

COMMUNITY IMPACT

In 2017, students completed 4,150 hours of community service, impacting over 9,000 people through projects including teaching and tutoring both school students and adults, providing financial services to those in need, volunteering at medical centers, and constructing a new neighborhood drainage system.

GRADUATION

On average, 60% of African students who begin university will never graduate.2 These Numbers Have Faces boasts a 100% graduation rate over the last 3 years.

2. Harvard University – Africa Higher Education

EMPLOYMENT

While 100% of our students complete internships in Rwanda, 14 university students have visited the United States for three month professional internships to bolster their skills. Of those fourteen, 100% of them have repaid their tuition loans back to These Numbers Have Faces to invest in a new student.

3. United Nations – Youth Economic Opportunity in Rwanda

University Leadership Program impact in 2017: 10,352 lives impacted

(Includes students, their families, and people impacted through community projects)

ACCELERATE ACADEMY ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

Through our Accelerate programs, 366 entrepreneurs have received hands-on business training (2015-2017).
In total, 211 ventures have received start-up capital.
To date, Accelerate Entrepreneurs have been awarded more than $72,000 of investment.
In 2017/18, entrepreneurs accessed more than 2,018 hours of training, technical assistance, and 1:1 coaching.
Accelerate Businesses are current employing 297 people locally, expanding Rwanda’s job force.
More than 11,372 individuals have been directly impacted by the 104 Accelerate Businesses in Rwanda.

Accelerate Academy impact in 2017: 11,922 lives impacted

(Includes entrepreneurs, their families, employees, customers, and people impacted through community projects)

Total 2017 These Numbers Have Faces program impact: 22,274 lives impacted

(Includes university and entrepreneurship program participants, students, their families, employees, customers, and people impacted through their volunteer work)

our impact goals

Goal 1:

Scholars/Entrepreneurs are smart, skilled, and qualified

Goal 2:

Scholars/Entrepreneurs are serving their communities and becoming local agents for change.

Goal 3:

Scholars/Entrepreneurs are investing in their country and their peers socially and economically.

Goal 4:

Scholars/Entrepreneurs are vision focused and are taking advantage of opportunities.

We gather this data in a few different ways:

Scholar Surveys – We conduct surveys at various points in time throughout our programs to measure scholars’ and entrepreneur’s change over time in comparison to baseline data. We focus on the development of hard and soft skills for our scholars and entrepreneurs, and look to see how our entrepreneurs are economically growing their ventures.
Home and Field Visits – We care deeply about each of our scholars and entrepeneurs and so we take the time to visit them either in their homes or at the sites of their businesses. In addition to interviews in the field, we also conduct interviews during our monthly group meetings with our scholars. This enables us to get accurate and honest data that is up to date.
SMS Messaging – When we can’t meet with our scholars or entrepreneurs, we can always text them! If we need a survey or interview question answered, we can easily reach them via SMS messaging and check-in to see how they are doing and get real time data.

DESIRED OUTCOMES

UNIVERSITY
PROGRAM

Investment in an African scholar through an annual Leadership Loan

IMMEDIATE OUTCOMES

– Access to University Education
– Support with Books & Transportation
– Leadership Programming

LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

– University Graduation
– Internships
– Full-Time Employment

LASTING CHANGE FOR COMMUNITIES

– Poverty Reduction
– A New Generation of African Leaders

ACCELERATE
ACADEMY

Investment in an African entrepreneur to scale their business

IMMEDIATE OUTCOMES

– Attending the 3 day Accelerate Summit
– 8 months of training in The Accelerate Academy
– Opportunity for investment at the Accelerate Finale

LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

– Enterprise Growth
– Job Creation

 

LASTING MARKET GROWTH IN AFRICA

– Poverty Reduction
– Reduced Unemployment