Urwego secures Rwf1b loan from BRD to fund SMEs

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Urwego Opportunity Bank has secured a Rwf1 billion short-term loan from Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) to finance small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs).

IHS Holdings Airtel tower takeover will benefit customers, says expert

IHS Holdings is looking to improve local telecom infrastructure coverage capacity, following its acquisition of Airtel Rwanda towers, Ayokunle Iluyemi, IHS Rwanda's managing director, has said.

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Fifa ranking: Rwanda can do even better – Constantine

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RWANDA’S HEAD coach Stephen Constantine says that Amavubi can easily achieve a higher position on the Fifa world rankings if only they get more support and better working conditions.

Construction of cricket stadium to start in 2015

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THE CONSTRUCTION of Rwanda’s first ever cricket stadium will commence in April 2015 after the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation (RCSF) received a lease certificate for a 4.5 hectare plot in Gahanga on Tuesday.

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Mucyo recollects his humble journey as an artist

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Born in January 1980, to a Rwandan mother and French father, artiste Mucyo F. literally grew up in art. “Since childhood I always used to be around artistic people from different horizons like theater, music, acting, and painting,” he explains.

Groove Awards Rwanda to celebrate 2nd anniversary

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The highly awaited gospel music gala is finally here. The second edition of the Groove Awards Rwanda will take place at Serena Hotel Kigali this Sunday.

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My most memorable Christmas

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It’s Christmas season, arguably the most exciting time of the year. It is a time when everyone is in a the mood to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Dean Karemera and Donah Mbabazi talked to a cross-section of people about their Christmas memories and what it means to them.

Is the fuss with the festive season necessary?

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It has become a time for business owners to hike their prices since the demand is high. People spend more time thinking about how they will survive in monetary terms than actually celebrating the birth of the King.

The women of 2014

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As 2014 comes to an end, some women have risen to the forefront by shredding stereotypes and having influence in various fields such as policy making, culture, activism and technology among others.

What would you give mum for Christmas?

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Christmas is fast approaching, and with that comes the need to spoil our loved ones with gifts. Donah Mbabazi asked a few ladies what their ideal gift for a mum would be and why.

Transport network is imperative for the EAC integration process

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WITH AN estimated population of around 140 million and a total surface area of 1.8 million sq.km, the East African Community endeavours to broaden and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration in order to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value...

Fighting corruption: We have done well but we can do better

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The zero tolerance to corruption which many Rwandans have come to identify with is becoming a reality in Rwanda. According to a recent report by the global corruption watch-dog Transparency International, the country ranks first in the East African Community sub-region, fifth on the continent and 51st globally.

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Editorial cartoon of the day

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The National Electoral Commission has set December 23 as the day on which voters in Gasabo, Kirehe and Nyarugenge districts will head to the polls to choose new district leaders after several positions fell vacant, largely due to resignations over the last couple of months.

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Millennium Villages Project: Building models for attaining MDGs

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) empowers communities to lift themselves out of extreme poverty by simultaneously addressing the inter-connected challenges of hunger, malnutrition, disease, lack of access to healthcare, infrastructure.

Human Rights Day: Every day is a human rights day

Rwanda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the world’s Human Rights Day. The national celebrations in Rwanda took place in Bugesera District, Nyamata town.

Human Rights 365: Conversation with the UN Resident Coordinator

Today the whole world commemorates 66 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What is the significance of this document? Mr Lamin Manneh: In 1948, in a world that was still coping with the tragic aftermath of World War 2 and the holocaust, when a wind of change was silently starting to blow in the old colonized world, our predecessors proved us that times of great sorrow and great fears can result in a new future and new hope for mankind.

Restoring mental health, dignity and building a productive population

As the genocide was brought to a stop, there was a need to restore mental health of individuals that had witnessed so much, in so short a time and with far reaching psychological effects. Both the perpetrators and the victims were affected.

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Internship: The stepping stone to your dream career

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Job adverts usually annoy university students or fresh graduates. Reason? Because they ask for work experience which they usually don’t have. Out of frustration, some students have joked that a university that offers ‘experience degrees’ be set up to cater for the growing number of inexperienced graduates in Rwanda and...

Edinburgh’s award coming to Rwanda

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I was very excited three weeks ago when I learnt that the Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People, John May and the Africa Regional Director, Edwin Kimani were coming to Rwanda to meet with the Minister for Education and the one for Youth and...

When demand of festive fuss takes its toll on you

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Feeling down during the festive holidays can be tough, especially when one feels a little bit out of contact with the world yet everyone is beaming with holiday spirits, and it's only you feeling wretched and exhausted.

Pump your health with pumpkins

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Did you know that the orange colour of a ripe pumpkin is a result of the high concentration of beta carotene, a vitamin A precursor? This main safe dietary source of vitamin A is indispensable when it comes to vision, normal growth, development and functioning of the immune system.