During the week of 16 to 23 November we were witness of the Tour de Rwanda. This is one of the big UCI Africa tours and a big happening in Rwanda. A time trial as prologue and seven stages of which the last one consisted of 9 rounds through Kigali. The stages went through the … More Tour de Rwanda
The real experience of the land of a thousand hills is while biking the Congo Nile trail. This trail of 250 km goes from Gisenyi at the northern end of Lake Kivu to Cyangugu at the lake’s southern extremity. It was an amazing, exhausting and muddy week. No kilometer was flat and no day was … More Land of a thousand hills
Tunga WakaWaka uyu munzi, uzigamire ejo hazaza hawe heza! Get your WakaWaka today, safe for a better tomorrow! This is the slogan of the WakaWaka Virtual Grid in Rwanda. The small, efficent and low-cost WakaWaka provides smoke-free light in the evening, energy to charge a mobile phone and looks like a cool gadget. To create … More WakaWaka launch in off-grid Rwanda
WakaWaka will enter the Rwandan solar market this November to pilot a new pay-as-you-go energy service; the Virtual Grid. To measure the impact of the WakaWaka Virtual Grid a baseline study has been carried out. The baseline gives the current status of the livelihood circumstances of the target popluation; off-grid households in rural Rwanda. For … More Baseline survey
In the outskirts of Musanze lays Lake Burera, accessible via undeveloped dirt roads and surrounded by small villages. The scenery is breathtaking. The shores of the lake are heavily terraced and cultivated with crops. Impressive volcanoes loom in the distance. An overnight stay in the lakehouse, wandering among the Eucalyptus trees with many villagers, eating fresh … More Lake Burera
My first impressions of Kigali: no visual pollution, no piles of waste along the road, no plastic bags floating in the wind choking waterways and destroying ecosystems, no sign of illicit electricity wiring, no busy and chaotic roads, no loud honking of impatient traffic drivers, no unused traffic lights, no corrupt policemen, no ‘give me … More Is this Rwanda?