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...

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...