The day starts around 5am as we have to get the kids up by 6:15 to get ready for school. I wasn’t ready for the alarm today because the neighbor’s dog barked incessantly through the night. Oh well. The kids were happy when they woke...

Starting a business includes meeting a lot of people, and I’ve been working to set up at least one meeting per day to connect with colleagues to learn how to do business in Rwanda and how our business can support the initiatives and programs already...

House hunting. It’s also part of getting started and settled in a new place. This morning Johnna and I looked at six or seven houses, working to balance our various needs and desires for a house. I learned a lot today. First, the cost of...

Part of starting up is being able to get around town. So, I took the vehicle to the local Pirelli dealer to have desperately needed new tires put on the vehicle. I expected a bit of an adventure, but I was pleasantly surprised that it...

Choosing a bank is an important decision, so I’ve been interviewing different bank to discuss fees, transfers, and requirements. One bank actually told me that for each incoming transfer I would need to come to the bank to negotiate the fee the bank would charge...

Objective number one today was to get a post office box. Arriving early was surely the way to go as there was no line. At the counter I inquired about getting a box, only to be told, “They are finished.” That means there aren’t any...

Today I made my first trip to the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to begin the process of registering MANA as a company in Rwanda. Having lived in east Africa previously, my expectations were relatively low (not because I’m a cynic, however), so I was not...

Diary of a Start Up Venture in Rwanda By Bret Raymond Country Director MANA Foods Rwanda Ltd. My family of five arrived in Rwanda last night. Today was a day to establish communications with the world. My friend David took me around in his 1997 Toyota Hilux. I already...

Read about MANA in NWA Online! http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2010/mar/25/rwandan-manna-tastes-peanut-butter-20100325/?nwa-religion...

BENTONVILLE, AR, Feb. 25, 2010 -- MANA received a private $250,000 commitment toward its plan for production of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in Rwanda. Through March 31st, MANA is working to match this amount from its broad support base. In 2009, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame declared...