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Hi Chelsea,
Thanks for this positive feedback!
To answer your questions:
1. feedback - sure we have some great feedback some of which is included in the supplementary material we submitted. I will also add it in the comment below. Is there somewhere else you recommend we add it?
2. We have run one fellowship so far in 2016 - The goal was not just increase in sales but also to gain direct feedback from our fellows who interact with customers on an ongoing basis, from this we have had great success and already made important modifications in terms of user experience and new services (eg adding bible, changing names in kinyarwanda to be more relevant, adding local content and subscriptions) as a result. In 2017 we plan to run 4 fellowships and expect the fellows to play an important role in driving adoption for our platform.

Feel free to be in touch if you have further questions.

What Fellows learned – in their own words:

“The most helpful thing that I have acquired during this fellowship is Patience, being solution oriented rather than waiting for others to come and fix problems, also I have seen that everything is possible.”

“Working together -Hard Working -Creativity and innovation -Self-confidence -Public speaking -Leadership -Marketing strategies”

“Thank you, the most helpful things I learned from the fellowship is pitching, [facilitator] has encouraged and built confidence in me and teach me some presentation skills so I can pitch better.”

“Networking session, marketing and sales strategies, business development Negotiation skills, Retention BUT all in all is communication skills i.e emails and phone calls.”

“I have numerous theoretical and practical skill during fellowship:

✘ The network with my mentor and partners of nFrnds.

✘ Practical skills of customer’s retention and lean canvas.

✘ I learnt strong team work with my nFrnds team.

✘ Weekly surveying of the activities by doing report through my simple phone when I have no internet.

✘ Use of Digital Tools (Canva, Googledocs etc)”

“The platform needs to grow … because many people are in need of it in rural areas”

“I really appreciate this initiative that you have taken as nFrnds , Rwanda is growing and developing faster especially in technology and ICT related stuffs, but this platform has really contribute a lot to the ways of communication and communication is the key to any development…”

Would you recommend this fellowship to others?

“Yes, because during this fellowship, I learnt a lot, be it in normal life and professional life, networking and many more, this have lead me to feel I'm responsible for what I am supposed to do and I do not have to wait for any other person to do it, being solution oriented and find more ways to the solution.”

“Big yes!! Its creates connection to big companies, Business development, communication skills, hope of being employed.”

“YES, I CAN. Absolutely, now I consider nFrnds as a larger Library and me as the student who is eager to learn from each book. From that plenty of skills and knowledge based facilitation we got and thirsty of Rwandan entrepreneurs who want to move Rwandan and mainly African community live to fast development.”

“Yes, I could recommend this fellowship to others because it is a nice opportunity that helps fellow to be trained for many things that will help them in they their lives specially to make them more marketable in the job market in Rwanda & abroad.”

Thank you!