The Brave Rise Together

We believe that
All problems on the Continent have solutions that already exist on the Continent.
We work hard to find these solutions in our daily work, while keeping our focus on the entrepreneurs we serve.  AEC operates in refugee camps and host communities across Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia, where we continue to find new ways to support entrepreneurs.

AEC Team

With over 160 staff in 13 offices across Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Our team represents cultures and perspectives from across East Africa, and most importantly, is connected to a shared set of values and purpose. Read More


AEC Values

Our teams across Africa are driven by Purpose, Achievement, Improvement, Bravery and togetherness. We are tireless in our pursuit of these values to see transformation for entrepreneurs, their families, and our communities. Read More

What it’s like to work at AEC

Growing from Business Associate to Regional Refugee Director is a testimony
of how AEC cares about the growth of its people. My efforts are recognized and that pushes me to do better everyday.

(Joined on 08/2015, Kigali - Rwanda)


Olive Ashimwe

Regional Refugee Director

Working with AEC has taught me each day matters in making the world a better place. I enjoy the great working environment where we celebrate each other, we can make mistakes, learn and grow. I couldn't ask for more in my career.

(Joined on 09/2021, Garissa - Kenya)


Maryam Hussein Abdirahman

Business Development manager

There is nothing as pleasant as supporting people, dream better. One thing that I like most working with AEC is because it is the engine of change for the brave.

(Joined on 11/2021, Addis- Ethiopia)


Neway Alemayehu

Managing Director

I have grown both in skills and responsibilities at AEC in ways I would have never imagined. I also get naturally excited to go to work because I get to interact with dynamic and fun people. They are open minded, give you feedback and care about your wellbeing.

(Joined on 08/2019, Kigali - Rwanda)


Samantha Ahirwe

Admin & Procurement Officer

My experience at AEC has been an incredible journey. I started serving Refugees and host communities in Kalobeyei from 2019 as Business Development Advisor (BDA). I have grown to a Senior BDA where I oversee three locations and I am really proud to see my fellow Refugee community grow in business and become self-reliant through AEC.

(Joined on 06/2019, Kakuma- Kenya)


Rodger Nibigira

Senior Business Development Advisor

Inkomoko has fostered me into a leader. I have grown to love my field of work and to enjoy every step of the way because I know my work matters.

(Joined on 08/2015, Kigali - Rwanda)


Deo Gakuba

Finance Manager

I joined AEC as a Training Support Associate. My desire was to grow to a level where I could interact with clients and see their businesses thrive. This is exactly where I have grown to - an Investment Officer.

(Joined on 06/2019, Kakuma - Kenya)


Jane Wanjera

Investment Officer

What You Get


We celebrate and support each other and We Eat Goat together.

A conducive Work Environment

We provide an open, safe and functional space for our staff.

Inclusion & Diversity

We are a vibrant team with diverse backgrounds that complement each other.

Happiness Audit

We hold open and honest conversations to understand what motivates the team and to proactively address challenges faced by employees. Read More

Job Rotation

We support colleagues to explore their passions and test new opportunities inside AEC.

Parental Leave

We provide leave for new parents, both men and women. New fathers are eligible for 8 weeks paid new parent leave.

Sabbatical Leave

We provide a 3 months paid Sabbatical leave to our staff who have been with AEC for +5 years to refresh.

Our Fun Moments