WE SUPPORT REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS TO BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT AND ACCESS OPPORTUNITY
Founded in 2013 by Rya Kuewor, RIO aims to help refugees and migrants
become economically independent through practical skills training, community lending initiatives, and agricultural support. The long-term aim to help create sustainable refugee-run economies from refugee camp.
RIO has been represented by the Co-Founder and Executive Director, Rya Kuewor, at several international conferences, including the World Economic Forum Conference on Africa, the GIZ Innovation Factory in Munich and Bavaria, and the IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration in UN Headquarters in New York and in Geneva, and the African Union’s High Level Dialogue.
Community Lending Fund
Which primarily serves women who sell perishable goods such as cooked foods, condiments, etc. The fund provides low-interest loans (as low as 3% per month) to remain sustainable.
The Farmers’ Fund
Which helps farmers start or expand their farming activities by helping them purchase their equipment and feeds. The farmers, upon starting their sales, incrementally pay back the borrowed funds with no interest.
Entrepreneurship and Business Training
Which is available for all the refugees we work with. Although our primary target is the young men and women in the camps, RIO ensures that everyone who is a member of either the Community Lending Fund or the Farmers’ Fund also undergo this training.
THE RIO DATASTORE
RIO is building a comprehensive database of all refugees in Ghana. We believe a centralised database will help us design better programmes for refugees, migrants, as well as other Persons of Concern (PoCs). Our database will help other PoC organisations rapidly respond to growing refugee and migrant matters, thereby lessening the time it would take to design and build integration solutions.
The RIO consults for governments and international organisations alike to help them solve integration problems for both refugees and migrants. We have worked with the African Union, the Ghana Refugee Board, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the GIZ, the Global Shapers Community, and Start Hope @ Home.