Rwandan children of all ages are left alone each day near the border crossing with Democratic Republic of Congo as their mothers peddle food and other goods there. The women say they have no other way to earn money, even though their work forces their children to fend for themselves during the day.
This article refers to a March 26th speech by Paul Kagame. The speech has been intentionally paraphrased, rather than quoted, to comply with Rwandan law that forbids the president's words to be used out of context.
A 1,150 percent tax increase on used clothing and shoes (known as “caguwa”), along with a total ban on the widespread trade that will take effect in 2019, are intended to promote local manufacturing and self-reliance. Those involved in secondhand sales say these actions will ruin their livelihoods, though the government promises solutions.
A 30-year-old entrepreneur has created a successful business in her home, with a small number of employees, and she hopes to expand. Local clothing makers are encouraged to increase production, since imported secondhand clothes will soon be banned.
A collective providing transport via industrial-sized wheelchairs offers a low-cost alternative for those trading goods between Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Owned by its disabled workers, it unites Rwandans and Congolese in a shared business venture.
Tourism accounted for 11 percent of Rwanda’s GDP in 2016, but many Rwandans continue to see tourism as reserved for foreigners. A government program, which aims to boost domestic tourism by offering Rwandans and East Africans discounted admission to tourist sites, encourages citizens to explore the internationally renowned attractions in their own country — and it seems to be working.
Following an outbreak of bird flu, many African nations have instituted bans on poultry products from neighboring countries. For months, poultry breeders and merchants have been losing revenue. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Nigeria have all had confirmed but limited outbreaks of the disease.
A new health center under construction in Rugerero, Rwanda, brings hope to the community. Without the health center, residents often walk hours for health care. In addition to giving residents a local health center, the construction of the facility has brought jobs to an area where unemployment is also a concern.
More Rwandan children are choosing to live on the streets, even though the government launched a major program in 2011 to give children their rights and find homes for children in institutions. A look at the issue reveals an absence of data, uncertain causes and children from ages 5 to 17 sleeping on sidewalks.
Around the world, countries are promoting eco-friendly initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and reform fuel consumption – and Rwanda is no exception. But as the country’s reforestation efforts push up the price of traditional wood energy sources, some Rwandans are left wondering where they’ll get the fuel to cook their next meals.