Voices of Rwandan Female Entrepreneurs: The Culture of Entrepreneurship

Starting a business with little experience can be extremely difficult, especially in an industry requiring large amounts of capital. In this clip, Symphrose, owner of Le Petit Prince Hotel, discusses why she took on the challenge and how she obtained the financial support necessary to realize her vision.

In April 2001, female entrepreneurs from war-torn Rwanda gathered in New York for a panel discussion hosted by the Jerome A. Chazen Institute at the Columbia Business School. The event, titled "Doing Business Our Way: Voices of Rwandan Entrepreneurs," featured owners of a landscape firm, a funeral parlor, and a hotel. This clip contains responses in the language of Rwanda (Kinyarwanda) with English translations. Last names of panelists are omitted for privacy.