WHAT WE DO

To date, AEC has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs who have created more than 24,000 new jobs and generated $48M new revenue in their communities.

SUPPORTING SMES

Small businesses are the backbone of communities across the Continent – best positioned to create jobs and respond to community demands.  But the lack of skills and resources for small  businesses limits what is possible for these companies. AEC offers practical services focused on sustainable business growth for SMEs, leading to improved business operations, greater profit, resulting in improved lives and communities.

REFUGEE ENTREPRENEURS

Sub-Saharan African hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugee population, millions of refugees in Africa have been displaced from the workforce. AEC supports refugee entrepreneurs according to their business development stage (micro, small, or medium-sized), and creates training cohorts integrated with refugee and host community entrepreneurs. AEC refugee entrepreneurs not only contribute to a more financially self-sufficient livelihood for their families, but also contribute to a better economy in the host community.

OUR MODEL

WHO WE SERVE

AEC supports entrepreneurs with micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) including refugee entrepreneurs across East Africa.  From idea stage businesses to established companies, we meet entrepreneurs where they are.

RESPONSIVE CAPITAL

AEC offers access to affordable capital at the right time to ensure that businesses can grow. We are the largest lender to refugee entrepreneurs in Africa, and provide Islamic banking products to ensure that we are inclusive of all the communities we serve.  With a 98% repayment rate, we are unlocking capital for those who need it most.

DEVELOP ENTREPRENEUR CAPACITY

The skills it takes to start a business aren’t always the skills it takes to grow a business. AEC provides strategic consulting and practical training to equip entrepreneurs with the skills needed for growth.

AEC’S IMPACT

AEC ANNUAL REPORT

AEC’s Annual Report shares updates on progress, finances, and impact. For 2020 to 2021, AEC went beyond impact, we reimagined our approaches to supporting entrepreneurs and we’re pleased to share the powerful stories of entrepreneurs in Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia who have been incredibly resilient in a time of economic turmoil.

AEC is proud to work with East Africa’s entrepreneur leaders.  From our early days in Rwanda, here are a few voices of entrepreneurs we have supported to grow.  They are inspired and inspiring.