Regional retailers struggling but still afloat 

Nakumaat Supermarket

Nakumaat Supermarket chain high hopes of quickly establishing itself in Rwanda has proved otherwise after a few years, since its institution in the country in 2011

 Adan Ramata the country manager of Nakumaat Rwanda states that, “Only a thousand shoppers visit each day, which is two-thirds short of the target.

“We still have a small challenge in the middle class,” says Mr. Ramata. Nakumatt is not the only retailer stymied by the lack of a mass consumer market.

Sulfo Rwanda Industries, the country’s oldest and biggest domestic manufacturer with 700 workers, say its efforts to introduce skincare ranges for more sophisticated consumers in the past year have flopped.

“We are limited by people who want cheap products, they face inflation and have little money,” says Hariharan Dharmarajan, managing director.

The IMF forecasts 6.5 per cent growth this year. Expected inflation of 3.5 per cent for 2015 is low and Rwanda aims to be a middle-income country by 2020. For now, rising domestic consumption is driven by government spending funded by donors on infrastructure.

With a total market of only 12m people, Rwanda is pushing the agenda for integration across the East African Community, the regional trade block.

“For us as Rwanda, we see regional integration as very, very crucial,” noted the minister of finance and economic planning recently.

“That’s why we are talking about a railway from Mombasa all the way through Uganda to here.” Rwanda is due to pay $1.2bn of the railway’s $13.8bn cost.

“We have been working on how to bring in the private sector,” says Mr. Gatete. The government wants it to fund at least a third of the Rwanda portion.

Importers and retailers in Rwanda testify that goods now arrive from port to shelf within four days, compared with more than two weeks previously. “Delays have come down now there are no formalities at the border. It has really helped us,” says Mr. Dharmarajan. “Now we feel we are linked, not landlocked. It’s a good relief.”

Despite the improvements, Rwanda still suffers a cruel squeeze on its purchasing power.

“We are talking about logistics, we are talking about insurance, we are talking about considering the damages, we are talking about the shelf life,” says Nakumatt’s Mr. Ramata.

The central bank governor John Rwangobwa notes that the country is on the right track as the economy emerges from the low growth of 2013.

“The economy is doing well since 2014 and we are going back to where we were before 2012,” he says. He points not only to improving growth but also indicators such as a reduction in non-performing loans (from a 7.2 per cent recent high in 2013 to a 2015 target of 5 per cent).

Despite its setbacks, Nakumatt, which has 300 employees at its two stores, plans to open two new outlets in the capital, including in August a 24-hour shop near the airport with a gymnasium on top of it. It aims to open its first stores outside Kigali in two years’ time.

Mr. Rwangombwa says the government is lobbying banks to bring down high lending rates, although bank loans to the private sector did rise 38 per cent last year. The key challenge, he adds, remains how to boost exports to deliver greater dollar flows

Youth lack knowledge on market trends

Youth lack knowledge on market trends 

Experts say that low participation   by youth in starting up development projects that would boost   income generation is due to lack of knowledge on what services and products are demanded on the market.

This, according to Emmanuel Nzeyimana, country   program Manager; DOT Rwanda results into youth failing to bring up convincing and profitable businesses that financial institutions can finance for their growth.

“The challenge is not  of  financial  institutions  which do not  provide loans to the  youth, the youth  themselves don’t  know what is on the market so that they  can  design  profitable businesses,”  he said

This comes at the time when youth that are trained in entrepreneurship complain   of lack of credit to put into action their dream business while others who have already established business close due to losses.

“So what we do at DOT Rwanda is to train thee youth intermsof startup and   financial  literacyand provide skills  to run businesses to  minimize  the risks that financial institutions always  complain about,”  Nzeyimana  noted

Digital Opportunity-DOT Rwanda  is a leading  international social   enterprise  headquartered in Canada with  current  operations  in  Seven  countries around the  World including  Rwanda.

Nzeyimana  says  that  startup  knowledge  based trainings as well  as financial literacywould  help  change  revert the current situation, something  that will translate into increased  employment for the  youth.

The government underits long term development strategy plansto create over 200,000   off farm jobs every year till 2020   especially for the youth to offsetthe unemployment gap.

Through its programStartup, DOT Rwanda equips youth with ability   to develop an effective business mode that will reduce the risk of having their own startups fail.

Recently, under the  Startup program, DOT Rwanda  awarded  certificates  to  116 youth  who successfully  completed  the program and are able to  start and manage  their own  businesses.

“Individuals who attended this 10 week comprehensive course are those who wanted to expand their businesses or recover as they were at-risk or failed business,” Nzeyimana noted

He adds, “All these have been equipped with business skills helping them to put into reality their business ideas or scale up the existing businesses.”

Participants  say  that   they  have acquired  solid   idea  on   how they can  run their businesses and also access credit from financial institutions  to  expand their  businesses.

“Now I have knowledge on what can sell on the market but also know how to present my business proposal to banks to provide me with   loan to expand my business,” Godance-Dukundimana, who trained in tailing, said

Startup is DOT entrepreneurship program that helps participants develop an effective business model that will reduce the risk of having their startup businesses fail.DOT is expecting to train over 7,500 disadvantaged   Rwandan youth into employment, self-employment or further education.

Décembre 2014 : Kigali, hôte de la 15e Edition de l’Exposition annuelle « Jua Kali/KaziNguvu »

Décembre 2014 : Kigali, hôte de la 15e Edition de l’Exposition annuelle « Jua Kali/KaziNguvu »

Gikondo Expo-Ground, sanctuaire des expositions internationales de Kigali

L’annonce a été faite à Kigalilors d’une conférence de presse tenue conjointementpar François Kanimba, Ministre du Commerce et de l’Industrie (MINICOM) et des Représentants des pays de l’East-AfricanCommunity (EAC) dans la salle de conférence du MINICOM à Kimihurura.Cette 15è Edition de Jua Kali/KaziNguvuse tiendra à partir du 01 jusqu’au 07 Décembre 2014, à l’Expo-Ground de Gikondo. Ça sera la 2èfois que le Rwanda abrite cette foire après celle de 2008.

L’exposition Jua Kali/KaziNguvu est organisée à travers la Confédération Est-Africaine des Organisations du Secteur Informel (CISO). Selon le Ministre Kanimba « elle regroupe principalement des artisans dans divers domaines, dans le but d’étendre le marché de leurs produits. C’est aussi une façon de créer une plateforme pour l’échange de nouvelles technologies et la facilitation des opportunités de développement économique ». Kanimbaajoute que cette exposition « sert également de portail pour l’intégration régionale des uns et des autres au sein de l’EAC. ».

Jua Kali/KaziNguvu est un collectif des artisans des pays de l’EAC, organisateur de l’exposition annuelle pour la promotion et le développement des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME), surtout celles à caractère artisanal. Cette exposition se tient à tour de rôle dans les capitales des pays membres depuis 1999 dont le Rwanda est membre actif depuis 2004.

Cette année, non seulement 250 artisans rwandais vont participer à Jua Kali/KaziNguvu de Kigali mais aussi d’autres venus du Kenya, du Burundi, de l’Ouganda et de la Tanzanie seront présents.

Décembre 2014 : Kigali, hôte de la 15e Edition de l’Exposition annuelle « Jua Kali/Kazi Nguvu »

 Gikondo Expo-Ground, sanctuaire des expositions internationales de Kigali

Gikondo Expo-Ground, sanctuaire des expositions internationales de Kigali

L’annonce a été faite à Kigali lors d’une conférence de presse tenue conjointement par François Kanimba, Ministre du Commerce et de l’Industrie (MINICOM) et des Représentants des pays de l’East-African Community (EAC) dans la salle de conférence du MINICOM à Kimihurura. Cette 15è Edition de Jua Kali/Kazi Nguvu se tiendra à partir du 01 jusqu’au 07 Décembre 2014, à l’Expo-Ground de Gikondo. Ça sera la 2è fois que le Rwanda abrite cette foire après celle de 2008.

L’exposition Jua Kali/Kazi Nguvu est organisée à travers la Confédération Est-Africaine des Organisations du Secteur Informel (CISO). Selon le Ministre Kanimba « elle regroupe principalement des artisans dans divers domaines, dans le but d’étendre le marché de leurs produits. C’est aussi une façon de créer une plateforme pour l’échange de nouvelles technologies et la facilitation des opportunités de développement économique ». Kanimba ajoute que cette exposition « sert également de portail pour l’intégration régionale des uns et des autres au sein de l’EAC. ».

Jua Kali/Kazi Nguvu est un collectif des artisans des pays de l’EAC, organisateur de l’exposition annuelle pour la promotion et le développement des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME), surtout celles à caractère artisanal. Cette exposition se tient à tour de rôle dans les capitales des pays membres depuis 1999 dont le Rwanda est membre actif depuis 2004.

Cette année, non seulement 250 artisans rwandais vont participer à Jua Kali/Kazi Nguvu de Kigali mais aussi d’autres venus du Kenya, du Burundi, de l’Ouganda et de la Tanzanie seront présents.

 

 

 

You can now ‘Click’ to get a meal in Rwanda within minutes

Twagirimana

What a New Yorker or a Londoner can do, a Rwandan can do.  Well, that sounds overrated, but for many, ordering for, say, a fish smokie and a Pop Cola online, might seem to be a service only found in the West.

But in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, Hellofood, the German online food delivery marketplace, allows users to order food from over 50 local restaurants around Kigali city through the website or a mobile app.

The German online food delivery marketplace is a member of Africa Internet Holdings Company, of which MTN and Tigo – two of Rwanda’s three telecommunications companies – are also partners.

“Our first meal was delivered last October [2013]”, says 28-year-old Duncan Muchangi, country manager for Hellofood.

Fulgence Muhawenimana is a white-collar professional in Kigali city. With simple clicks on his computer, his favorite delicacy is delivered in minutes.

“It is a good service. It saves my time,” says Muhawenimana, who started using the online food service last month. “All I need is food,” Muhawenimana adds.

Hellofood has a chain of cyclists in different zones around the city who deliver the food to customers. “I can deliver food to five or six people a day”, says Emmanuel Twagirimana, 25, one of the motorcyclists.

Paul Ntaganda, the General Manager of Bourbon Coffee, Rwanda’s luxurious coffee shop, is happy his customers cannot crave for his delicious offers anymore. “At least anyone who loves a Tramezzin from Bourbon Coffee restaurant can get it without coming to the restaurant,” he says.

“We deliver thousands of meals a week”, says Hellofood’s Muchangi. “We have learnt a lot, and we are very happy and comfortable with our service today”, he says.

And food is kept clean, says Muchangi. “The food is well packaged at the restaurant, and there is no contact with the rider”, he says.

Ordering is easy. Users visit hellofood.com, enter their location, then a list of restaurants pops up from which they select their favorite dish; a roast beef sandwich with caramelized onion,achicken sandwich, pan-fried fish with vegetables, a pizza or a local dish such as Ubugali, Sombe, and Matooke

It takes less than 30 minutes to deliver. “When I delay, I don’t charge delivery fees”, says Twagirimana.

Obviously the development has met some customer shocks.  “The first problem we faced was…people were like ‘What? Does it exist here?’”, adds Muchangi.

The service has since received mixed reactions. Some like it, others don’t. 40-year-old Fidel is a banker. He regularly goes out for lunch. But he says even with his busy schedule, “I cannot use it.” “Even if the food is properly packaged, there is always a sense of suspicion.”

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But that’s not his main reason he does not embrace the service. “At lunchtime, I also get time to do some exercise and meet up with friends.”

The service is however meeting some challenges. It is forbidden to bring food at work in many workplaces. Staffs are forced to go out and eat from restaurants or at home.

Meanwhile, Hellofood has operations in 50 countries around the world, eleven of them in Africa. The business has a competitive advantage in Rwanda. It is a dynamic and increasingly growing economy with a widening middle class.

But also, growing access to internet and smartphones is facilitating e-commerce. Mobile phone penetration is now 63% up from 53% in 24 months alone, among Rwanda’s eleven million people. Internet penetration has grown from 7.9% to 22% in two years.

And, indeed, the business will not be the only beneficiary. Already more than 20 people have gotten employment. Twagirimana has resigned his job and taken the delivery service offer. “I used to earn about $220 per month, but I now earn more than I used to”, says Twagirimana.

Source : KT Press

Rubavu: mu imurika gurisha abafite utubari bagurirwa kurusha abandi

Abatuye akarere ka Rubavu hamwe n’umujyi wa Goma bitabira imurikagurisha riri kubera mu karere ka Rubavu, bavuga ko bishimiye uko ryateguwe kuko ryaje mu gihe cyo kwitegura iminsi mikuru n’ibiruhuko.

Imurika gurisha ryubatse ku nkengero z’ikiyaga cya Kivu, ryitabiriwe n’abamurika barenga abari bateganyijwe, bagera kuri 120, ngo ubwo bwinshi bwatewe n’ ubwinshi bw’abarigana kureba no guhaha ibirimo.

Abariganamo bakavuga ko kwitabirwa cyane biterwa n’uko abanyeshuri bari mu biruhuko ubundi akaba ari mu mpera z’umwaka abantu baba bitegura iminsi mikuru.

Kujya muri iri murika mu masaha y’umugoroba bisaba gutonda imirongo, abantu twavuganye bavuga ko kuri ayo masaha baba bagiye kureba n’abahanzi baba batumiwe gushimisha abagiye mu imurika, ariko ngo ubusanzwe benshi baba bagiye kwishimisha nyuma yo kurangiza akazi.

 

m_Ahari utubari n’ibinyobwa hahora urujya n’uruza mu gihe ahandi batabona ababagana

Ahari utubari n’ibinyobwa hahora urujya n’uruza mu gihe ahandi batabona ababagana

Byinshi biri muri iri murika, ni ibikorwa by’ubukorikori, akarere ka Nyabihu kakaba kagaragaza uburyo kubyaza umusaruro ibyo bamwe badaha agaciro, ho ngo bimaze gutera imbere nko gukora imitako mu mahembe y’inka, gukora ibikapu n’imitako itandukanye hamwe no gukora inkweto mu mpu.

Cyakora abagera muri iri murika bavuga ko ryitabiriwe n’abantu benshi ariko ibikorwa atari byinshi nk’utubari n’abacuruzo amafunguro kuko byafashe ahantu hanini ndetse akaba aribyo biganwa cyane mu gihe cy’amasaha y’umugoroba iyo abahanzi batangiye gushimisha abitabiriye imurika.

Uretse kunenga ko ibicuruzwa atari byinshi kandi nta dushya tubonekamo nkutwo bari biteguye, ibikorwa by’isuku nke ku mazi y’ikivu byatangiye kwigaragaza aho abantu bamwe bajugunya amacupa y’ibinyobwa mu mazi y’ikivu.

Imurikabikorwa mu karere ka Rubavu ryatangiye taliki ya 19/12/2013 rishyirwa ku nkengero z’ikiyaga cya Kivu aho ibikorwa bihakorerwa bitagira uwo bibangamira nk’urusaku rw’imiziki n’ibindi, kimwe mu bintu bishimwa n’abari kuhagana cyane ngo  kuko ryashyizwe ahantu heza kandi horoha mu gucunga umutekano, riteganyijwe gusozwa taliki ya 29/12/2013.

Five Rwandan companies get international certification

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) certified some of the goods produced in Rwanda for International standards on Friday 22nd November 2013.

The tea produced by Kitabi, Nyabihu and Rubaya tea factories, the hot pepper and Juice produced by Urwibutso Enterprises were the goods certified.

Five Rwandan companies get international certification

These companies certified are an addition to the 122 Rwandan products already certified for International Trade Standards.

According to Dr. Mark Cyubahiro Bagabe the director of RBS, this certificate is like a passport, it gives trust to products with it wherever they are and the seller has the authority to sell the commodities across borders.

Inyange Industries received this certificate last year and ever since its juice, milk and yoghurt sales have increased. These Inyange products are sold all over Rwanda and other countries and are mostly consumed by UN workers in Uganda, Burundi, both the Congo Kinshasa and Brazzaville and Southern Sudan.

“Getting the certificate for the International standards opened gates for our company; it increased sales for our internal and international markets” says Gupta Ajay Naresh the General Manager of Inyange industries.

The representatives of Kitabi, Nyabihu, Rubaya companies and Sina Gerard of Urwibutso enterprises said that attaining this certificate needs courage than financial input. They added, it has added value to Rwanda credibility on international market.

Five Rwandan companies get international certification2

The company representatives, RBS and the International body awarding the certified certificate for better standards

Charles Rutagengwa, in charge of Certified Services distribution in UNIDO says companies’ have to respect the standards and security of the products.

The certification is approved by the United Nations, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Rulindo: abaturage barakangurirwa gukorana na Societe y’ubwishingizi RADIANT .

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Kuri uyu wa kane tariki ya 22/8/2013, mu karere ka Rulindo habereye inama yahuje abacunga mutungo ba za saccos zo muri aka karere, n’umukozi ushinzwe ubucuruzi muri societe y’ubwishingizi RADIANT.

Asobanura ikimugenza muri aka karere,Nzamurambaho Didier,yavuze ko yaje mu rwego rwo guhuza abacungamutungo ba sacco n’isociete akorera Radiant.

Akaba avuga ko iyi societe ije gufasha abanya Rulindo bose muri rusange ,kubasha kwifatira ubwishingizi butandukanye butangwa n’iyi sosiyete,ariko bahereye mu  bacungamucungo ba za sacco, bikazakomeza no mu bindi bigo, kimwe n’imiryango cyangwa abashaka ubwishingize ku giti cyabo.

Nk’uko kandi Nzamurambaho,akomeza abivuga, ngo sosiyete RADIANT ifasha abakiriya babo,hose mu gihugu ,akanavuga ko abarangije kuyinjiramo ngo byabafashije.

Akaba ari muri urwo rwego, ngo bifuje gutangirana n’aba bakozi ba za sacco, nyuma bakazakomereza no mu bindi bigo.

Yagize ati”Sosiyete yifuza ko ibyo ikora byagera kuri buri munyarwanda kuko ni ibintu bimufitiye akamaro,aho usanga umuntu afata ubwishingizi yifuza kandi ku giciro cyiza.”

Akomeza avuga kandi ko hari agashya bazaniye abanyarulindo ,ngo gashobora kuba kataraboneka mu yandi masosiyete y’ubwishingizi.

Yagize ati”akarusho  tuzanye ni uburyo ikigo cyacu ari kinini bihagije ,kikaba gishobora gukorana  n’amavuriro yose yo mu gihugu,yaba ayigenga n’aya leta.Ikindi ni uburyo twishyura ubwishingizi ku mpanuka yabaye bidatinze kandi neza.”

Ngo n’ubwo Ibiciro muri sosiyete RADIANT,biri hasi cyane,ugereranije n’ahandi,ngo hari n’uburyo umukiriya ashobora kunvikana na sosiyete ,bityo hakaba habaho  no kunvikana akagabanyirizwa ibiciro.

Ikindi ngo ni uko biterwa n’ubwoko bw’ubwishingizi umuntu aba ashaka.

Akomeza avuga ko kuba mu bwishingizi,ari byiza kuri aba bakozi ba za sacco ,cyane cyane ubwishingizi bw’ubuzima,ngo kuko iyo umukozi yivuje ,aba afite buzima buzira umuze,bityo akabasha gukora akazi ke neza, nta mbogamizi z’uburwayi.

Nzamurambaho akaba akangurira abanyarwanda bose by’umwihariko abanyarulindo, kwinjira muri iyi sosiyete RADIANT,ngo kuko asanga nta gihombo kirimo

Muri iyi sosiyete,hakaba hatangwa ubwishingizi butandukanye,u bw’ibinyabiziga,ubwishingizi ku buzima ,ubwishingize bw’inkongi y’umuri , n’ubundi.


 

 

Ngororero: JADF y’akarere yatangiye imurikabikorwa ry’uyu mwaka

Ibikorwa by’ubuhinzi n’ubukorikori Nibyo byiganje

Ibikorwa by’ubuhinzi n’ubukorikori Nibyo byiganje

Ibyinshi mubikorwa birimo kumurikwa na JADF y’akarere ka ngororero byiganje mo ibikomoka kubuhinzi ndetse no kubikorwa by’ubukorikori nabwo bumaze gutera imbere mukarere ka Ngororero.

Nkuko kumurikira abaturage ibikorwa na serivisi bitangirwa mu karere kabo ari intego y’ihuriro ry’abafatanyabikorwa mu iterambere ry’akarere ka Ngororero, kuri uyu wa gatatu tariki ya 19 Kamena 2013 JADF y’akarere ka Ngororero yongeye kumurikira abaturage ibikorwa byayo.

Nyuma y’uko umuhuzabikorwa wa JADF ku rwego rw’igihugu asuye akarere ka Ngororero akanabagira inama yo kujya bashaka udushya bakora mumamurikabikorwa yabo kugira ngo abaturage bakomeze kwitabira, iry’uyu mwaka ryimuriwe mukindi kibanza kitari aho ryaberaga, ariko imikorere yo ni isanzwe.

Umuyobozi wa JADF Ngororero akaba n’umuyobozi wungirije ushinzwe ubukungu muri ako karere bwana Emmanuel Mazimpaka yasabye abamurika kunoza gahunda n’ibikorwa byabo kandi bakagurisha kubiciro byo hasi kugira ngo abaturage babashe kugura ndetse bitabire ari benshi bamenye ibikorerwa iwabo.

Kuba imurikabikorwa nk’iryo rimara iminsi 2 abamurika ibikorwa ntibabone umwanya uhagije wo kugurisha kandi batakaje amafaranga yabo bazana ibikoresho ndetse bahemba n’abakozi, ngo biri ku isonga mumpamvu zatumye mubafatanyabikorwa 86 b’akarere ka Ngororero, 30 gusa aribo baje kumurika ibikorwa byabo nkuko Nyirabanyaga Marigalita, umwe mubanyabukorokori waryitabiriye yabidutangarije.

 

Farmers get hopes of market expansion

01The Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) has launched a project “Linking Farmers to Market” this will help farmers get entrepreneurship skills and appropriate market for their produce in Rwanda and abroad.

The project seeks to address situations where farmers get stuck with their produce due to lack of information on where to sell and will also increase their knowledge in post harvesting among other challenges.

Hannington Namara, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PSF says that this project will improve farmers’ activities, production and build farmers’ capacity and ensure that farmers take agriculture and livestock as other businesses.

“We want it to be an economy driven and strengthened to enrich farmers and the country as a whole,” he said.

Five million Euros (Rfw4 billion) has been injected in the project for the next four years. It’s meant for creating awareness among farmers, training in entrepreneurship, market sourcing and developing market oriented farming.

The project was supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda.

According to Jean Munyemana, chief of Chamber of Rwanda Farmers in PSF, the project will improve farmers’ wellbeing and speed up the poverty reduction strategy (EDPRS2) by professionalizing farming in rwanda.

Farmers should not regard their work as a subsidiary activity but as a business. Farmers should be self reliant in future, their produce should each market and generate more money,” said Munyemana.

This comes at a time when the Rwanda has been chosen as host for East Africa Exchange (EAX) – a regional commodity exchange initiative, whose head offices are now located in Rwanda’s Capital-Kigali.

The chamber of farmers has over 610 cooperatives under 16 associations. Association representatives welcomed the project, saying it was timely and will help them get skills and access markets.

Esther Van Damme, first secretary economic development at the Kingdom of Netherlands embassy, said that the donor community will help improve quality agricultural products and support agribusiness in Rwanda along other projects such as infrastructure.


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