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Wed more dance

Weather in Kigali has been spectacular, and this was one of the best so far. Bright sun, low humidity. Flowers are blooming on walls of wealthier compounds, as well as in the yards of poor offices and homes. The evening air was so lovely that following dinner at Chez Robert some of the group decided to walk back to the hotel. It was a good walk after days of eating Rwandan food and no exercise, but some of us bloggers are now regretting the late night! What were we thinking?

Some of our readers have asked about Rwandan food. It is quite good; we note a lot of French influence. Great sauces are a constant. The goat stew and savory “bananas” are excellent. This Sunday the group has been invited to the homes of two different Rwandans for an evening of traditional food. We can't wait.

Getting future-proof
Cari and Geoffrey visited the crafts training center of the Rwanda Women's Network today; they provide training for victims of gender violence. Cari met the future recipients of 40 donated knitting machines, and all of them danced together. Why don't we do this at home to show our gratitude?

Marla, Ann, and Maureen began the day at Rwanda Private Sector Federation/On the Frontier, meeting with Doreen Kagarama and Info Communication Technology leader David Frenk (ICT is our version of IT). David wrote Rwanda’s 5 year technology plan for the government. Bpeace’s goal was to learn about the direction of the economic sector--we want to be future-proof! This international consulting firm is working with the government to develop the product sector, in particular ICT. They're also focused on ensuring women are able to take advantage of their fair share of these emerging opportunities. We learned a ton about economic development in coffee, tea, tourism, and ICT.

Then we headed to the Women’s Association of Entrepreneurs (AFER). The association will be a key resource for unearthing Fast Runners: it has over 1,000 members. Tomorrow we'll meet with 20 of them for Fast Runner interviews.

--September 2005

Piqued your interest? Read the entire September 2005 Rwandan Mission blog here.


Wed more dance

Weather in Kigali has been spectacular, and this was one of the best so far. Bright sun, low humidity. Flowers are blooming on walls of wealthier compounds, as well as in the yards of poor offices and homes. The evening air was so lovely that following dinner at Chez Robert some of the group decided to walk back to the hotel. It was a good walk after days of eating Rwandan food and no exercise, but some of us bloggers are now regretting the late night! What were we thinking?

Some of our readers have asked about Rwandan food. It is quite good; we note a lot of French influence. Great sauces are a constant. The goat stew and savory “bananas” are excellent. This Sunday the group has been invited to the homes of two different Rwandans for an evening of traditional food. We can't wait.

Getting future-proof
Cari and Geoffrey visited the crafts training center of the Rwanda Women's Network today; they provide training for victims of gender violence. Cari met the future recipients of 40 donated knitting machines, and all of them danced together. Why don't we do this at home to show our gratitude?

Marla, Ann, and Maureen began the day at Rwanda Private Sector Federation/On the Frontier, meeting with Doreen Kagarama and Info Communication Technology leader David Frenk (ICT is our version of IT). David wrote Rwanda’s 5 year technology plan for the government. Bpeace’s goal was to learn about the direction of the economic sector--we want to be future-proof! This international consulting firm is working with the government to develop the product sector, in particular ICT. They're also focused on ensuring women are able to take advantage of their fair share of these emerging opportunities. We learned a ton about economic development in coffee, tea, tourism, and ICT.

Then we headed to the Women’s Association of Entrepreneurs (AFER). The association will be a key resource for unearthing Fast Runners: it has over 1,000 members. Tomorrow we'll meet with 20 of them for Fast Runner interviews.

--September 2005

Piqued your interest? Read the entire September 2005 Rwandan Mission blog here.


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