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Rosette Twizerimana

2023 Fellow

Founder/Lead Trainer, Tandika Uganda Academy Ltd

Kampala, Uganda

Rosette Twizerimana is the founder of Tandika Uganda Academy, a pioneering initiative with a mission to empower women and girls through skill development. Her organization trains individuals in open-toe shoe design and production while utilizing environmentally conscious practices. Since 2016, Rosette has tirelessly dedicated herself to the cause, successfully training over 1,500 women in crafting leather sandals, slip-ons, and lace-up shoes from recycled tires and locally sourced materials. Her goal is to make shoemaking skills accessible and easy to learn, eliminating the need for complicated heavy machinery.

Prior to her work with Tandika Uganda Academy, Rosette spent three years learning open footwear design and production. She holds a diploma in Accounting from Mukono YMCA College of Commercial Studies, showcasing her diverse skills and knowledge.

Rosette’s remarkable efforts have not gone unnoticed. She has received several prestigious fellowships, including the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2019 and the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative Fellowship. She is an alumna of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs. Her dedication to empowering women and girls to achieve financial independence has left an indelible mark on her community and beyond, earning her recognition and admiration for her outstanding contributions.