Social Entrepreneur from Rwanda Wins Prestigious Global Fellowship

April 12, 2012

NAIROBI, KENYA- Felicite Rwemarika of Kigali, Rwanda has been selected by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public as a member of its global fellowship of leading social entrepreneurs. 

Felicite Rwemarika is enabling Rwandan women to gain full social and economic citizenship by engaging them in the male dominated sport of football. She is using their participation in this sport to challenge the cultural and historical status quo of these women, and demonstrate their ability to improve their lives and develop their communities. 

Salim Mohamed, Ashoka’s Representative for East Africa, said, “We are very encouraged by Felicite Rwemarika`s innovative model and we believe that this idea, in Felicite`s hands, is really going to spread throughout East Africa especially conflict affected areas. This is particularly encouraging as this new idea encourages spirit of teamwork across ethnic, women empowerment economically and socially.’’

Felicite Rwemarika now joins 50 other Fellows from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda elected since 2001 and more than 2,700 Ashoka Fellows globally. 

 About Ashoka

Ashoka is the world's leading network of social entrepreneurs – extraordinary changemakers, who find new solutions to social problems; like Muhammad Yunus, who pioneered the microfinance sector. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka supports social entrepreneurs with stipends, professional support, and/or access to its large network of global peers. Ashoka has to date elected and supported more than 2,700 social entrepreneurs in 70 countries. For more information, please visit