Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa has dedicated his time and money to public service for many years. As the Chairman and Founder of the Pan-African Tobacco Group, a multi-national concern, he has a special interest in improving the lives of local residents and employees.
Ayabatwa has been involved with a variety of charitable activities connected with his work at the Pan-African Tobacco Group. In 2012, he stepped down from daily management of his company so he could spend more time working with charitable concerns. This dedication to service shows that he is serious about improving people’s lives.
Inspired by the struggles of people who have worked with few resources, Ayabatwa has started a foundation to help him bring services and funding to deserving causes across Sub-Saharan Africa. His business concerns with the Pan-African Tobacco Group have enabled him to build a robust network of suppliers and business associates.
The Work of the Foundation
The Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa Foundation has been involved in many charitable activities in the countries where the Pan-African Tobacco Group does business. The foundation of Ayabatwa’s charitable work is the belief that every family deserves economic advancement and that every child deserves an education.
Ayabatwa has been investing in community development programs for many years. He has been involved with helping entrepreneurs learn about business opportunities and promoting education.
The Foundation will bring his charitable work into focus, enabling a great many young African entrepreneurs to receive help and services targeted to their needs. The Foundation has two main goals: offering venture capital and mentoring services to new entrepreneurs and developing opportunities for students to hold internships in successful companies.
Ayabatwa knows what it means to come from a disadvantaged background and to create his own success using his entrepreneurial skills. He hopes that his foundation will be able to foster many more connections between business owners and talented up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Ongoing Charitable Endeavors
Before he started his foundation, Ayabatwa was directly involved in charitable projects in several countries. He funded and built a housing complex for disadvantaged residents. The development included a childcare center and school. He donated 40 percent of the costs for the entire project without the expectation of being repaid. He helped to build and expand a primary school and technical secondary school. He is also planning to build a sports stadium in the same area.
In addition to building projects, Ayabatwa has been involved with increasing access to electricity in disadvantaged areas. A recent project brought electricity to 500 needy families. He donated cement to pave roads. He built football stadiums and churches. He also helped struggling farmers with seedlings and food.
Access to education is one of Ayabatwa’s priorities in supporting community development. Since he was only able to attain an eighth-grade education, he is acutely aware of the greater opportunities afforded to people who have been able to go further in their studies.
Over a seven-year period between 2005 and 2012, Ayabatwa funded scholarships for over 80 deserving high school and university students.
Educational access is disrupted by a number of serious social problems including economic difficulties, the lack of qualifying schools in the area, and the need for young people to work rather than going to school.
Supporting a community as a whole is a good way to increase educational access for its young people. When the community is prosperous, it is more likely that young people will be able to spend their time and energy on educational pursuits.
Ayabatwa’s charitable foundation is also concerned with providing assistance to businesses and new entrepreneurs. His successful programs include internships, venture capital, and training for entrepreneurs. He believes that new businesses need to be given any chance to succeed.
He helps young entrepreneurs build strong networks and ensures that they will get the help that they need to thrive in a challenging economic environment.
Understanding the African Economy
Ayabatwa’s prominent position in the business world gives him the unique and much-needed ability to teach others about the workings of the African economic engine. He has robust connections with suppliers and distributors, helping these companies succeed as well. Taking the time to understand the economy has given him an understanding of the community’s needs and new areas of focus for his foundation.
Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa is a valued philanthropist in Africa. His Foundation will continue his good works and encourage the community to grow on its own.
With interests in infrastructure, education, and business, the Foundation has the unique ability to serve people and communities across Africa, focusing on underserved and disadvantaged communities. The work of the Foundation will continue to be important for the continued success of the African student and entrepreneur.