Remy Niyingize

How tea growing is transforming lives of rural women in Nyamagabe

It’s a beehive of activity as a group women move back and forth ferrying bags of freshly picked green leaf tea from their plantations onto a waiting delivery truck. The tea growers seem unfazed by the mildly hot mid-morning weather on this sunny Tuesday morning. Speciose Uwimana, one of the...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Meet the women drumming their way to prosperity

Drumming is a common form of entertainment in Rwandan culture; however, the idea of female drummers was unheard of in the past. 100-year-old Elizabeth Nyirahirwa from Rusizi District vividly recalls that in the past, it was a taboo for a woman to be a drummer. A woman who turned into a drummer was...

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Mukareta: A former peasant turned coffee millionaire

The life of Francine Mukareta and Vincent Bakundukize was characterised by subsistence farming 10 years ago. The couple from Huye District lived from hand to mouth with no savings or investments to their name. However, all this was to change after Mukareta mooted the idea of growing coffee on part...

Friday, August 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Nigerian delegation in Rwanda on study tour

A 13-member delegation from Nigeria’s National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS) is in Rwanda for an eleven-day study tour that will mainly dwell on agriculture sector. Specifically, according to officials, the tour aims at exploring the impact Science, Technology, and...

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Inmates' rights must be respected – Justice minister

The Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, has called on prisons wardens to respect rights of inmates, saying they are like other citizens of society. He was speaking at Huye Prison in Southern Province, on Tuesday, as Rwanda Correction Service (RCS) joined the international...

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

How Huye businessman is reaping millions from growing grapes, making juice

When one talks about grapes, many people most likely envision them (grapes) in Catholic Church compound or garden. Besides, for many, growing grapes is still considered as an activity for nuns in some convent somewhere in the countryside. However, one businessman cum farmer in Huye District is out...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Albinos in Musanze defying the odds to pursue their dreams

My recent visit to a group of people with albinism in Musanze District recently left me more excited than saddened as I had imagined. Reason? The faces that greeted me visibly beamed with a message of hope for a better future. “Disability is not inability”, they appeared to tell me in...

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why maize flour prices are going up

Are you a lover of maize meal? Or do you enjoy that hot and refreshing cup of porridge? Well, you will have to dig deeper into your pockets following increase in maize flour prices over the past few weeks countrywide. According to a mini-survey by The New Times, prices of various brands of locally...

Monday, December 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Nurturing children into future music stars

 14-YEAR-OLD Magnifique Kazutete dreams of becoming a renowned guitarist one day. Her passion for music sparked interest in the instrument, pushing her to ask her parents to enroll her for guitar classes. The teenager, who hails from Kicukiro, dreams of making acoustic music one day. “...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Nyamirambo artisan shapes future of needy youth with leather-making skills

A chance encounter with an Israeli soldier stationed at Kanombe introduced Juvenal Gatorano to the art of leather production. That was in 1965, when the then 18-year-old first tried his hand at making shoes. Gatorano says the chance encounter with the soldier, one Colonel Baram, who was based at...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

From tradition to modernity: Tracing the footsteps of the Rwandan girl

In manysocieties, when a girl gets married, she leaves her family and instantly becomes a member of the family she’s wedded into. In Rwanda, and many African states, girls have traditionally been valued immensely largely because of dowry. Back in the day, girls were expected to behave a...

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

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