Akilah Institute for Women




The Akilah Institute works to educate young women in low-income, underdeveloped areas of East Africa, with campuses in Rwanda and Burundi. They focus on building private-sector partnerships and developing curricula hand-in-hand with business leaders and fast-growing sectors of the economy. Their curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, leadership development, and entrepreneurial skills in order to develop market-relevant skills to make job placement easier on graduates. The first class graduated from the Akilah Institute in 2012 and they had 100% job placement. By 2030, they hope to have educated over one million young women at the Akilah Institute.

Mission Statement: The Akilah Institute for Women, the only women’s college in Rwanda and Burundi, connects young women to economic opportunity in East Africa. Their unique, market-relevant education model focuses on English fluency, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership development, empowering young women to enter professional careers and transform their lives.


Our Connection:

Catalyst Grant. The Skees Family Foundation began supporting the Akilah Institute in 2014. We love that not only do they provide higher education, but they also help with job placement. They are truly dedicated to East African development and we wanted to be a part of their success.



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