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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.