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.

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.

 

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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.

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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.


Fruit scarcity hits Kigali

Fruit scarcity hits Kigali

Whole sellers and traders of mangoes and tangerines in Rwanda have been forced to hike fruit prices in Kigali city as a result of widespread scarcity in fruit supply.

The traders however say that they have experienced a long standing fruit scarcity which has prompted them to raise the price per kilo of mangoes and Tangerines which are imported from Burundi.

Traders say that the problem has been caused by the Burundian government halting fruit exportation as a way of satisfying their local fruit market.

“The problem of fruit scarcity exists, many fruits come from Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania but this season we are expecting fruits from Burundi. But we are worried that they are not readily available.” Marie Claire Mukakamanzi, a Kimironko trader said.

“The transporters are telling us that the government is preventing exportation and when they try to secretly bring them, they face very high taxes. Because of the delays, the fruits are rotten by the time they arrive here. They tell us that their president ordered them to stop exportation of fruits.” She added.

Fruits buyers and consumers in Kimironko and Kigali city markets have also raised an alarm over the scarcity of the fruits and the consequent increase in market prices, which has impacted the supply and demand chain because customers have decreased as prices shoot up.

For example the market price of mango fruits has risen from 800 to 1000 per kilo. Fruit dealers say that customers do not understand how expensive the fruits are and would always want a bargain which harms the profits.

The price of a kilo of tangerine fruits now stands at Rwf600. When the fruits are supplied in plenty, the price drops to half or Rwf250 at best.

Fruits such as mangoes and tangerines are not commercially cultivated in Rwanda to serve and satisfy the local market and yet they are highly demanded.

 

Gutanga serivise nziza ku bikorera byongera umubare w’ababagana .

Gutanga serivise nziza ku bikorera

Abacuruzi bo mu karere ka Rulindo ,ngo basanga mu kazi kabo hagombye kubaho ikintu cyo gutanga serivise nziza ,ngo kuko ari byo bizatuma bagira umubare munini w’ababagana.

Bavuga ko  iyo umucuruzi cyangwa uwundi muntu wese utanga serivise, yakira neza abamugana, bituma abamugana barushaho kumugirira icyizere, bityo bikamuzamura mu bijyanye n’umutungo.

Bamwe muri aba bacuruzi kandi banavuga ko serivise nziza igomba gutangwa mu nzego zose zaba iz’ubuyobozi , zaba iz’abikorera ,ngo kuko biri muri bimwe bizatuma ubukungu no gutera imbere bizarushaho gutera intambwe igaragara mu karere ka Rulindo.

Ikindi aba bacuruzi bavuga , ngo ni uko binyuze muri serivise nziza batanga bishobora no gutuma ibyo bakora bimenyekana,mu gihugu hose ,bikaba byanagera no ku rwego mpuzamahanga ,bityo bigatuma ubucuruzi bwabo bwaguka.

Mu nama yahuje abikorera n’ubuyobozi bw’akarere ka Rulindo,abikorera babashije kuganira no kungurana ibitekerezo, ku bijyanye n’icyakorwa ngo ibyo bakora birusheho kunogera no gushimisha babagana.

Basanze kandi ngo  icya ngombwa  ari ukumenya kwakira ababagana ,hanyuma abakiriya ngo bakizana.

Sina Gerard,umuyobozi wa Entreprise Urwibutso,  witabiriye iyi nama yabahuje n’ubuyobozi,yabwiye abacuruzi bo muri aka karere ,ko gutanga serivise nziza ari byo bishobora gutuma ibyo umuntu akora bibyara nyungu,kandi ngo bikanamenyekana.

Yagize ati”twe hano nk’Entreprise Urwibutso ibyo twiyemeje ni byinshi,ariko ikiruta ikindi ni uko.tugomba kwakira neza abatugana,kuko twasanze ari byo bizatuma tubona abakiriya benshi kandi beza.Ikindi ni ukumenya ngo umukiriya wawe akeneye iki ,bityo ukamuzanira ibikenewe.”

Muri iyi nama kandi hanenzwe bamwe mu bacuruzi  usanga bataramenya neza akamaro ko gutanga serivise neza,aho usanga umukiriya amara  iminota myinshi ahagaze ,nta wumubaza icyo akeneye,nyamara ngo bitari ngombwa.

Aba bacuruzi ngo bakaba basanga ari bo bakagombye kwakira umukiriya bakamubaza ibyo akeneye ,maze akabihabwa ,adatakaje umwanya ahagaze.

Bakaba bashima uburyo ubuyobozi bw’akarere ka Rulindo bwahagurukiye kugenzura ,no gutanga inama ku bijyanye no gutanga serivise nziza kandi inoze,ngo kuko basanga bizabagirira umumaro,bagatera imbere byihuse.

Rwanda : Kwimenyekanisha no gutanga serivisi nziza, ibanga ryo guteza imbere bizinesi

Abantu batazi ibyo umuntu akora ntibanabasha kuza kumusaba serivisi. Igihe ibikorwa bimaze kumenyekana, haba hasigaye gutanga serivisi inoze, naho ubundi bizinesi cyangwa ibikorwa by’umuntu ntibyabasha gutera imbere.

Umuyobozi w’Akarere ka Huye, ati “umuntu ntiyaza gushaka serivisi yawe atazi ko ubaho. Mujye mwimenyekanisha, kandi n’igihe abakiriya baje iwanyu, ntibakagende imbokoboko. Mujye mubaha inyandiko iriho ibikorwa byanyu kugira ngo mubashe no kumenywa n’abandi”.

Aha yabwiraga abafite amaresitora, za bar, amamoteri ndetse n’abandi bacumbikira abagenzi mu mugi wa Butare.

Uyu muyobozi na none ati “n’iyo mwaba mudafite inyandiko zigaragaza serivisi mutanga (dépliants ndlr), ntihakagire umukiriya utaha mutamuhaye agakarita kariho aderese yanyu ndetse na nimero ya telefone ashobora kubashakaho igihe abifuza.”

Gutanga serivisi nziza na byo bituma abakiriya baje rimwe bashaka kugaruka, ndetse n’igihe bahari bagasiga amafaranga menshi.

Meya Muzuka ati “iyo umushyitsi aje iwawe, umufugurira umuryango, ukamusuhuza, ukamuha karibu, kandi yamara kwicara ukamwicira inyota. Kuki wakwakira neza umushyitsi uje iwawe ntacyo ari bugusigire, hanyuma uzanye amafaranga we ntumenye uko umwakira?”

Abakiriya kandi aho basanze umwanda ntibahagaruka. Meya Muzuka ati “ibiryo n’iyo byaba bitaryoshye, iyo ubiririye heza, hafite isuku birakuryohera. Banyamaresitora mwite ku isuku kuko na yo izabazanira abakiriya.”

 

 

 

Rwanda : Coca-Cola lights up Kigali’s Xmas fete

 

In a bid to lighten up the 2012 Christmas seasonal celebrations, Bralirwa limited, under the Coca-Cola brand, unveiled the first giant Christmas tree at the Kanogo roundabout in Kigali city.

In a bid to lighten up the 2012 Christmas seasonal celebrations, Bralirwa limited, under the Coca-Cola brand, unveiled the first giant Christmas tree at the Kanogo roundabout in Kigali city.

In a bid to lighten up the 2012 Christmas seasonal celebrations, Bralirwa limited, under the Coca-Cola brand, unveiled the first giant Christmas tree at the Kanogo roundabout in Kigali city.

The 12m giant tree was officially launched on December 24th, by the Mayor of Kigali City, Fidel Ndayisaba in the company of Jonathan Hall, the Managing Director of Bralirwa, and his a Bralirwa staff.

During the event, the tree was a centre of attraction for many motorists and passengers as they rushed to do the last minute shopping for Christmas. Many Kigalians were attracted to see the first ever tree of this magnitude to be placed in public space in Kigali city.

Many great cities of the world have developed a tradition of putting up a Christmas tree to associate with messages of Christmas and as a focal point of celebration during this season.

City Mayor, Ndayisaba, said that the choice of Bralirwa getting involved in promoting the notion of celebrating Christmas was an added value for Kigalians, and the city fully supported the initiative so as to brighten up the season.

The Managing Director of Bralirwa, Hall thanked Kigali city for providing the company with space at the Kanogo roundabout and giving Coca-Cola an opportunity to share its values of enjoyment and the seasonal festive mood.

Hall said: “We strive to live by our values of enjoyment and respecting people and society in which we live and work. I hope that the sight of this tree will put people in a festive mood ready to celebrate and share with loved ones”

The Corporate Affairs and Communication Manager of Bralirwa, Freddy Nyangezi Biniga, also revealed that the initiative of placing a Christmas tree in the city was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and the company will manage and maintain the roundabout and do similar things annually.

Coca-Cola shares a hundred and twenty five year old tradition of delivering happiness in a bottle during Christmas. The initiative is part of Coca-Cola’s tradition of refreshment, shared moments of celebration and giving back to society during Christmas.

 

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