Hanga Umurimo Program tackling Unemployment Head-On

Daniel Sabiiti

“Start small, grow big” “Hanga Umurimo” is a Kinyarwanda dialect, translated as “Create Own Jobs”. It is Program aimed at sensitizing the Rwandan population to come up with innovative business ideas for job creation. It involves empowering communities with basic business skills and identifies individuals with entrepreneurial aptitude and nurture …

Bralirwa takes greening values to schools

The verdant wooden hills in Rwanda's countryside have got a story of their own to tell. A story of rejuvenation and regeneration. A story of a people's commitment to a new life and new values. And a story of hope to living in a clean green environment. Such is the …

Rwanda; capital markets in 2012

Deepening to be key aspect of new 5 year plan for Rwanda's capital …

Sulfo Rwanda Industries an Important milestone in a 50 year journey

Sulfo and Rwanda- a shared destiny For 50 years, Sulfo Industries Rwanda has been part of Rwanda's economic realization, being among the countryís pioneer industries. As the company's Managing Director says, the journey has not been smooth all through, with constraints here and there and that they have managed …

Bralirwa; US$40million investment advances to plan.

70 percent of the civil and associated planned works already completed with high prospects of commissioning by March next year Bralirwa Ltdís investment upgrade programme worth US$40 million that was announced early in 2012 advances according to …

GroFin’s model of combining finance and business support ideal for growth of the small and medium enterprises (SME) sector in Rwanda

Research has shown that it is not only access to finance that is important for SMEs to succeed but also business support needed to assist entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Finance and value-adding business support offered as a package helps addresses the core challenges SMEs face improving their chances of …

Trademark East Africa; Efforts to reduce the time to transport goods is now paying off

Fred Oluoch-Ojiwah

It is a well recognized fact that East Africa’s regional integration agenda is now entering a new phase of implementation fuelled by new measures involving a number of stakeholders. Among them is a not-for-profit organization known as TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) whose vision is to create “a …

Mount Kenya University Rwanda: “Scaling the Heights of Education”

For the entire two years Mount Kenya University, a Kenyan based university has been in Rwanda, a noteworthy breakthrough has been perceived in the country’s higher education circles, concocting young people into professionals to fit the now high skills demanding job …

Investing in Rwanda’s Agri-business sector

Rwanda’s location in the region affords it a set of unique natural advantages for investors seeking opportunities in the agri-business sector. The timing is just right for sector investors as a combination of favorable factors developed over time can work to the advantage of those wishing to partake …

SINA GERARD; Rwanda’s foremost agri-business entrepreneur

He is widely known as Rwanda’s foremost agri-business entrepreneur. His interests are diverse spanning restaurants, bakeries, a juice and wine factory , a school and extensive land holdings. Having started with practically nothing, his rise to the top is a typical rags to riches story in Rwanda. Sina Gerard&…

Over 15,000 farmers are beneficiaries of Inyange’s vision of quality assurance in Rwanda’s agri-business sector

Inyange Industries Ltd is Rwanda’s leading food processing industry with quality assurance being at the very core of its competence. This kind of competence as part of its overall production value chain is premised on assisting its contracted farmers in boosting their yields at farm gate levels in …

Inyange’s acquisition of Savannah Diary Ltd set to boost farmer incomes in Nyagatare

Inyange Industries Ltd is investing capital and processing expertise in ensuring that Savannah Diaries Ltd based in Nyatagare steps up its value chain with farmers in order to ensure more farmer incomes doing business with the dairy …

What Rwanda’s notable investors say about the effects of Reforms in doing business

Herbert Muhire

It is a known fact that the last 2 years investment registration in Rwanda has recovered tremendously in the wake of the global financial crisis courtesy of wide ranging reforms in doing business along with other measures. Official statistics from Rwanda Development Board’s Investment Promotion and Implementation Department says that …

RSwitch the national electronic payment system developer rebrands

Rwanda’s national electronic payment systems have in the recent past been upgraded to incorporate some features that have simplified the whole process of financial transactions. Such upgrades include the introduction of debit and ATM cards on the market and highly reliable Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs), transformations that have come …

Lake Kivu Serena a perfect getaway

The hotel is popularly recognized as a relaxing destination due its exemplary services, its scenery consisting of tropical gardens and sea sports compliment the hotel’s splendor. Lake Kivu Serena is located at the heart of Gisenyi town, just a few hoursí drive of about 160 Kilo Meters from Rwandaís …

Kigali Institute of Education Injecting competence into the teaching profession

With an objective to offer high level teaching in various fields and in technology and conduct research in various matters as well to help the population solve their problems, the Kigali Institute of Education, a public higher learning institution was established in the year 1999. This was made possible by combined …

Kinazi Cassava Plant transforming cassava farming in the country

Matthew Rwahigi

At close to 31km off the main road in Ruhango district, Kinazi sector, an area widely known for its cassava production harbours the Kinazi Cassava Plant (…

I&M Bank makes a formal entry into Rwanda

Fred Oluoch-Ojiwah

Banque Commerciale Du Rwanda Limited (BCR) this September 06th hosted, a cocktail at Serena Kigali to launch I&M entry into Rwanda, guests in attendance were in agreement that the event signified BCRís next growth path in the East African …

The RDB Doing Business reforms set in motion a whole new chain of construction lattices

Redefining the Rwanda construction sector It represents a quantum shift in attitudes of Kigali architecture, a sudden realization of its role in defining and refining the city based on the power of design to reinvent, heal, and transform a city, by creating systems, solutions, and environments that positively impact on …

NPD Cotraco to go regional

Matthew Rwahigi

NPD-Cotraco is a Rwandan construction company that has since 1996 provided real estate construction, civil engineering works and the manufacturing of construction materials. However, beyond construction, the Rwandan-based company has a good image for quality in the East and Central African regions, helping to expose Rwanda to the outside world. In …

Capital markets set to take key role in driving Rwanda’s transformation

Dr James Ndahiro

Rwanda’s heavy reconstruction agenda has continued attracting investor attention from nearby and even from further a field. Although Rwanda’s medium- and long-term development challenges remain large and complex, the kind of progress registered in the last 15 years or so is without a doubt ,remarkable. The complexity …

Why Rwanda’s capital markets is on the verge of take-off needed to fuel the transformation agenda

It has been 5 years ever since Rwanda embarked on a programme to develop a capital market from scratch. Robert Mathu Executive Director at Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has been part of the short but well planned journey. The journey, Mathu says entailed the establishment of a transitory advisory council that …

Rwanda’s Capital market is ready for investors

John Rwangombwa

By John Rwangombwa Following the 2005 Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP), the Government of Rwanda (GoR) has developed and adopted an extensive Financial Sector Development Plan (FSDP) aiming at developing a more modern, competitive, open and inclusive financial sector. The 5 year plan covers all components of the financial sector including: banking …

The Exit by Actis strengthens BCR’s Position in Rwanda’s Banking Sector.

Actis, the pan emerging markets private equity firm and Government of Rwanda mid last month confirmed the sale of Actis’s interest in Banque Commerciale du Rwanda(‘BCR’) to a Kenyan regional bank, I&M Bank Limited (‘I&M), and French and German development finance institutions, …

New platform to boost regional tourism receipts by 20 % over the next 5 years

Fred Oluoch-Ojiwah

A newly launched private sector -led initiative meant to assist with regional integration using tourism is expected to significantly boost intra and inter-regional tourism by 20 percent in the next 5 years. Known as the East African Tourism Platform (EATP), the initiative is being championed by the private sector bodies for tourism …