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April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide

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Of the four countries Bpeace works in today, Rwanda has the smallest Bpeace presence.  But that wasn't always the case.  In our early years, Rwanda was Bpeace's obsession, and over the past 12 years we have delivered some innovative services to female business owners in Kigali and Butare.

Today our activities in Rwanda involve key partnerships, not only because partnerships allow us to accomplish more than we could on our own, but because funding for Rwanda is hard to come by.

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18 days in the Land of a Thousand Hills

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We took time off this past August from our jobs at the Council on Foreign Relations to embark on an exploratory research project for Bpeace to investigate the budding film industry in Rwanda.

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Can the Rwanda film industry benefit from the Bpeace bump?

Ashley Harden and Ann-Elise Francis have taken two weeks off from their jobs at the Council on Foreign Relations to find out.  They arrive in Rwanda today and will be interviewing filmmakers, producers and distributors to determine whether Bpeace's brand of business skills coaching can help accelerate the growth of the industry.

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The cents of scooping in Rwanda

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Jerrie Gullick, a retired Pontiflex exec, describes Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams) Ice Cream as an oasis in Butare. “Both the staff and the store’s appearance are friendly and welcoming and it is clear that they have worked hard on customer service. It is an inviting place to walk into and there is no other place with the same atmosphere in Butare; it is a very positive change.”

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Rwandan landscaper shines in PA

The garden center manager held the garden center owner’s face in her hands. A perfect fit for a garden center owner, the woman’s name is Soline. “Soline, does that mean sunshine?”  Both women laughed. “Well, Soline means sunshine to me,” said the garden center manager. No, they weren’t celebrating a particularly good sales day.

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