Well, it’s official. I have a work permit! It’s just for three months since we “don’t have a factory set up yet,” but at least the work permit will enable the clearing agent to complete the vehicle registration process. Number plates possibly tomorrow by noon. I...

Yesterday’s entry was a bit long, so I waited until today to share this information. I met with USAID’s Feed the Future director for Rwanda to learn more about the Obama Administration’s new long-term approach to sustainable agricultural development in Africa. I learned a lot...

Ahhh yes, The Saga of the Vehicle. I’m sorry if you’re getting bored reading about something so mundane as my attempts to get number plates for the truck. The truth is, this is part of the start up process in Rwanda. I could paint a...

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organizations reported [yesterday, September 14] that 925 million people worldwide face chronic hunger.  That means that one in six people on this earth doesn't have enough food to grow and develop, learn, work, or thrive. While the new numbers reflect...

I learned over the weekend that the major international food company that I wrote about on 02 September has recommended that our proposals be part of their work with the UNV in 2011! So, that’s tremendous news for MANA, and their involvement will benefit the...

Yesterday I paid the $500 and received the investment certificate (woo hoo!). Then I went promptly to meet with a clearing agent (recommended by the man who sold me tires a few weeks ago) who agreed to handle the paperwork necessary to complete the transfer...

Yesterday we received the registration certificate from RDB! The process was not difficult, just not clearly documented. Even as we were completing the registration, additional documents (which I fortunately had with me) were requested. Nonetheless, by 4:00pm we had received the certificate and submitted the...

Well, last night I received an email from the Rwanda Development Board that said our application was rejected. So I went down there first thing this morning to find out what I had done wrong and how we needed to correct the situation. After talking...

This morning I took our business registration packet – complete with notarized and certified documents – to the Rwanda Development Board. In less than 45 minutes, the paperwork was complete and I paid the 25,000 RwF ($42) registration fee. It was really very easy. Tomorrow...

This morning I went to the US embassy to meet with Alex Sokoloff, commercial and economic development officer. Alex is very well informed about the business environment in Rwanda, as well as resources available to businesses through the US government. We discussed OPIC, ExIm Bank,...

I’m sitting here at the bank, having now completed the paperwork necessary to open my personal accounts in US dollars and Rwandan francs. The process has been very straightforward and simple. Just a few nuances: (1) Another customer had to fill out a reference letter...

This morning I met with George Mulamula at the Ministry of Trade & Industry. George formerly worked at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and is very knowledgeable about business in Rwanda. Our specific discussion focused on potential locations for the MANA factory. These are the...