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Amena talks with Jeannine Umutoniwase, CEO of faith-based, Rwandan social enterprise Azizi Life which connects Rwandan artisans to the global market. Jeannine shares how her upbringing and her work as a guest house manager prepared her for leading an organization. In discussing her work with Azizi Life, Jeannine talks about the importance of empowering women and the lessons she’s learned as a CEO. For more information about Azizi Life, visit https://azizilife.com. For 20% off all nonsale items use code ForHER!


Jeannine Umutoniwase worked as a Guest House Manager for Food for the Hungry in 2007. She first joined Azizi Life as a translator in 2008 and was promoted to be its Chief Executive Officer in 2016. She speaks Kinyarwanda, English and French fluently, along with some Swahili. She lives with her husband Herme andtwo daughters in Ruhango District, Southern Province. Jeannine likes to help people in need as much as she can, make sure she has enough time to hear those coming to her but also ensure that life has a better meaning for those lost hope.


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Show Notes:

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