Land of a Thousand Hills

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Kigali Province
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Connect Locally in Rwanda

Rwanda is a small mountainous country located in the Great Lakes region of East Africa, just south of the Equator. The country is ecologically diverse for its size and characterized with highland mountain landscapes in the west giving way to savannah grasslands and low altitude marshes to the east. Tourism, minerals, coffee, and tea are Rwanda's main sources of foreign exchange. Although livelihood practices vary geographically, agricultural production serves as the foundation for the rural economy. Rwanda is actively promoting entrepreneurial development in it's Vision 2020 push to become a middle income country. Administratively, Rwanda is divided into five key Provinces. They include the Western, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Kigali Province located centrally.

Creative Drama Workshop with Hope Kigali, Kigali Province

Hope was raised as a refugee in Uganda and returned to Rwanda after finishing her theatre studies at Makerere University. She is one of the leading figures in contemporary Rwandan theatre. As the founder and artistic director of Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company, a leading theatre company in Rwanda since 1997, the group collaboratively created Africa’s Hope which was performed in Kigali at the 10th anniversary commemoration of the genocide. The play also premiered at the G8 World Summit in Edinburgh in 2005, toured in the UK in 2006 and 2008, and was also featured in the biennial festival in Sweden in 2008. In 2012 Africa’s Hope made it’s premier in Los Angeles USA.
To this date, Hope has been involved with 77 productions through Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company. On her own, Hope has been involved with countless other productions through partnerships and workshops acting as director, writer, mentor, and advisor. In 2015 after being tasked with creating a legacy based project, she created the Ubumuntu Arts Festival which brings together many countries from around the world to create and showcase drama for reconciliation.

Auto Mechanics with Mapozi Kigali, Kigali Province

We were introduced to Mapozi by someone who told us, he can fix any car or truck. We were naturally intrigued. What we didn't know if that Mapozi works out of a dirt parking lot with a noticeable lack of tools. The resourcefulness of Mapozi, and the other mechanics in the cooperative, is something you've got to see firsthand to really appreciate their work.

On this unique experience, you'll get to go behind the gated lot and get a firsthand glimpse into the large mechanic zone near Nyabugogo Taxi and Bus Park.

Rice farming with COCURIBU Rwamagana, Eastern Province

COCURIBU - Cooperative de Cultivateurs du Riz Bugugu, is a rice farming cooperative working to modernize rice cultivation on their lands around Rwamagana. Most of the cooperative members have been farmers for many many years and are always looking for ways to improve their methods.

Night Fishing on Lake Kivu with Gisenyi Fishing Cooperative Gisenyi, Western Province

Lake Kivu is one of Rwanda's main attractions, and we certainly understand why. If you've spent time on, or near, the lake at night, you've undoubtedly seen (and heard) the night fisherman of Lake Kivu. In this unique experience, you'll get to join up with one of the fishing teams and learn about the important tradition of fishing on Lake Kivu!

As the sun goes down over the lake, you'll board a small motor boat that will take you right up to the fishing boats. From there you'll have the chance to board the hand-made fishing boat, meet the fishing team, learn about the process, and (when it's time to raise the nets) experience how strenuous and strategic the work really is. You can head back to shore whenever you're ready, but most likely after they pull the nets for the first time.

Imigongo Traditional Art with Kakira Imigongo Cooperative Kavuzo, Eastern Province

The cooperative is made of 15 women, most of whom are widows as a result of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The women of Kakira design and create reliefs on wooden panels using cow's dung. Once the cow dung has dried, the works are painted, dried again, and ready to be used as decoration.

Brass Jewelry Making with Abraham Kigali, Kigali Province

Abraham is a self-taught jewelry designer who upcycles discarded materials (i.e. cow horn, cow bone, cooking pots, padlocks) to create necklaces of high quality and beauty.

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Field Notes from Rwanda

What to do in Rwanda

Scott Wilhelm · Sep 8, 2015

“What’s there to do around here?” I ask at the reception desk of a small, rural hostel. To my surprise, the most enticing of the responses I got was, “walk around.” That was after being here in Rwanda for about 3 weeks. In the seven mon ... read more