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Rugamba started a flourishing fashion house with Rwf200,000

The allure of staying and working in the United States of America is many a people’s dream, especially the youth. Rugamba explains how they make attire from African fabrics. Below, one of the workers does what she knows best. The New Times / Peterson Tumwebaze But for Matthew Rugamba, who went to college in the US, the promise of a better future lay back home. He told Business Times’ Peterson Tumwebaze why he chose to return home after college to start a fashion house in Kigali. The Bible says that “they have eyes, but they cannot see”. It is also a known fact that some of the challenges we face in our day-to-day lives could easily be turned into million dollar opportunities if we cared to think outside the ‘proverbial box’. Matthew Rugamba used to wear ties daily during his internship in the US. As time went on, the 21-year-old discovered that this presented a huge business opportunity that he could exploit as a niche enterprise. Dress code inspired Rugamba to start business When Rugamba was doing internship in Washington DC, his supervisor coached him about the importance of appropriate office dress code. Putting on a tie and ‘looking corporate’ while on duty was a must. “I was spending more on ties than on other basic needs combined. I didn’t like it because this was growing someone’s business; I had to think twice about it.” Rugamba says after graduating from the School of International Studies at Louis and Clerk College, in the United States, he decided to venture into fashion design. This was influenced by the fact that ties were selling like hot cakes in the US. “I told myself that if ties were on demand in the United States, it could be the same back home in Rwanda. With this in mind, I packed my bags and returned home to pursue my vision,” the graduate of international relations points out. When Rugamba landed at Kigali International Airport, he was armed with just $300 (about Rwf207,000) – part of the cash he saved from the pocket money his parents used to send him for upkeep. “I used to save at least a quarter of my pocket money because I knew that I would soon be on my own after college. I figured that if I was to start a new life after college and support myself, the savings would be my only hope,” he explains. He says when he had settled down in Kigali, he set about looking for a place where he could set up his enterprise. ...

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German students seek to tell Africa’s true story

A group of German students based in Mannheim, Germany who had a one-year stint in several African countries, including Rwanda, has decided to try to change the negative perception Western countries have about Africa. As such, they are organising an art exhibition that will feature five cities, including Kigali. The exhibition will seek to paint Africa in a way that previous western media reports have not. The art exhibition dubbed: “Sichtwechsel: Stadtbilder aus Afrika” which translates to “Missing images: Cityscapes from Africa” will be presented in Mannheim, Germany, in September. Following their time on the continent volunteering, the students found out that there were many positive things about Rwanda and the continent in general that were unknown to them previously. Sören Götz, a member of the group, said they hope the exhibition will open the eyes of the people in the West to see Africa as it really is and not what has been portrayed by sections of the media. “On the basis of predominantly one-sided and stereotyped media reports, many Germans do not know anything about the impressive metropolises the African continent has. With the exhibition, we want to change that perception as we show five well-chosen cities,” Götz said. The students are calling upon local artists to send in their work to be featured in the exhibition.Those interested can submit their pictures through www.missing-images.de. “We are requesting the inhabitants to send us their cityscapes which will be presented in the exhibition. Our idea is to present the cities from the perspective of their inhabitants,” Götz said. Local artists have welcomed the development terming it as another chance for Africa to tell their own story and undo the previous negative stories about the continent. Donatha Umurungi, a photographer based in Kigali, said the opportunity will benefit local photographers who cannot afford to organise exhibitions on their own. “This is a chance for local photographers to tell Rwanda’s story the way it is, putting into consideration our difficult past,” Umurungi  said. By Collins Mwai,The New Times

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Why food prices are going up

Food prices have gone up in different parts of the country compared to the past few months. Rwanda’s main staple food (Irish potatoes) now goes for between Rwf200 and Rwf250 a kilogramme in most markets of the City of Kigali; Huye, Nyamata and Muhanga districts, up from Rwf150 over the past three months. Irish potatoes are, however, up marginally at Rwf160 in Gakenke, Kinigi, Vunga, Byangabo and Cyanika markets. Emmanuel Irambona, a produce supplier in Nyabugogo market, attributed the increase to poor Irish potatoes yields last season, saying farmers used bad seeds. Other traders attributed the rise to bad weather that affected crop production. Fresh peas cost about Rwf1,300 a kilo in Kimironko, Remera and Nyarugenge markets, from Rwf800, while beans are at Rwf700 a kilo gramme from Rwf600. A kilo of cassava flour costs Rwf500 and sweet potatoes cost Rwf250. A kilo of carrots is at Rwf500 in Remera, Nyabugogo and Kabuye markets, same as that of tomatoes. Passion fruits cost Rwf800 a kilogramme, down from Rwf1,000 last week, while bananas go for Rwf1,000 a kilo from Rwf500 a few weeks ago. A kilo of mangoes costs Rwf1,300 and pineapples go for between Rwf500 and Rwf1,000, depending on size. Beef costs Rwf2,000 a kilo, up from Rwf1,800 a fortnight ago. A kilo of fresh fish is at Rwf3,000 from Rwf2,400 last week, while a tray of eggs costs Rwf2,500 in Remera, Gikondo and Kicukiro markets. By Seraphine Habimana ,The New Times

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Scribes get tips on e-billing initiative

Business journalists have been challenged to learn how electronic billing machines work to be able to report accurately about them. All business people are required by law to issue customers e-receipts for items bought. “These machines will not only help in making tax collections efficient, but they are also useful to the taxpayer in terms of reducing paperwork in form of receipt books and minimising the risks of theft by employees,” Rwanda Revenue Authority’s Placide Kiboga, said during journalists’ training organised by the tax body. The training at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali aimed at equipping journalists with basic knowledge and skills on reporting about the project. Kiboga said that soon, all business people would start issuing receipts asking customers not to pay operators before they receive e-receipts. The tax body last month warned it will penalise businesses that do not have e-billing machines effective April 1. The tax body introduced the machines in 2012, but business operators have been slow in embracing them. By Ben Gasore,The New Times

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EAC, S. Sudan presidents to meet in Uganda

Uganda will this week be hosting the 4th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit in Kampala on February 20, a meeting aimed at improving the business environment in the region. ...

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We won’t take chances in Bujumbura – AS Kigali coach

AS Kigali have plenty of work to do in Bujumbura when they face Burundian Cup winners, Academie Tchite in their Caf Confederation Cup second leg this weekend. Coach Andrew Gasambungo has said as the team prepares to defend the 1-0 first leg win. Striker Bodo Ndikumana #10, is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the only goal of the game as AS Kigali beat Academie Tchite of Burundi in the first leg on Saturday. Timothy Kisambira. Bodo Ndikumana’s strike gave AS Kigali a first leg 1-0 win at Stade de Kigali on Saturday. “Winning the game gives us the cushion, but we can’t afford to start thinking ahead of ourselves, it’s a very narrow lead,” Gasambungo said of the winners of the Rwanda Peace Cup last season. AS Kigali are making a second continental appearance since 2001 when the team then called Les Citadens didn’t go passed the qualifying round. The coach observed that the win in the first leg means the team goes to Bujumbura with something to defend in the second leg. Gasambungo noted that he hopes conditions in Burundi will allow his team to do what they “need to do” to advance to the first round. AS Kigali need a draw to progress to the next round where they will face Alhly Shandy of Sudan. “We have to go to Bujumbura and work 10 times harder than we did here in order to win that game and am sure my side will progress to the next round,” he stated. His counterpart of Academie Tchite, Jimmy Ndizeye conceded defeat, adding that his side lost to a better team in the first leg. “We gave them too much freedom, especially in the central midfield where we allowed them to manoeuvre the ball with too much ease,” Ndizeye admitted. He added: “AS Kigali front players had more pace than our defenders, you could see that especially towards the end of the match.” Ndizeye however, warned that the second leg won’t be a walk in the park for As Kigali. “I think we can overturn the score and reach to the next round. I am sure we will get a win at home, so it is not over yet,” added Ndizeye, a former SC Kiyovu and Les Citadens player. The two teams will square-off in the second leg in the Burundi capital this Sunday, with AS Kigali looking the favourites to progress, thanks to their one-goal advantage. By Bonnie Mugabe, The New Times

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Cricket Without Borders return to Rwanda

Eight officials from United Kingdom-based charity organisation, Cricket Without Boundaries [CWB] , are back in the country to promote the sport in schools through coaching clinics and learning sessions for children. The team, comprised of Stephen Dey, David Murray, Bill Allen, Rob Jones, Tracey Davies, Alan Hough and Amardeep Singh arrived in the country yesterday and would be holding a two-week coaching visit to schools in Kigali, Huye  and Kinihira. Districts. Their main purpose is to impart cricket skills to the youth whilst passing on the HIV/Aids messages to the cricketers. As part of the activities, CWB will run four teachers’ coaching courses and one umpiring and scoring course. The Rwanda Cricket Association general manager Joshua Mwanja said: “CWB does a fantastic job in using cricket to teach HIV/Aids awareness messages and this education to thousands of people in schools helps to save many from getting HIV/Aids.” He added that in 2013, the Rwandan youth playing numbers increased by 30% because of the two projects run by CWB. Since 2005, CWB has hosted similar projects in eight African countries, including Uganda, Kenya and Botswana. By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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