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A Community Network to support HIV-positive Women

The UN in Rwanda works with the National AIDS Coordinating Council and other partners to help HIV positive Rwandans get the care they need, as well as to prevent mother to child transmission.   With the combined efforts of the UN and Rwandan officials, there is evidence that a significant impro more

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A new way to fuel tomorrow's Education

Rows of green cabbage, banana trees and healthy cows lead the path to Stella Matutina Secondary School in Rwanda, where student Claudine Yankurije sits huddled over a gas flame. As she studies intently in her school's science laboratory, the flame not only helps her science experiment, but it also r more

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Link to success

Before the sky has even started to change into morning colors, Francois NZAMVUGANKIZE is awake and has begun his work day, which is baking and selling bread.  “I get up at 5am and I go to the shops to buy the materials I use for making my bread,” says Francois.  He is twenty-five years old more

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Adopting a New Culture for Food Security

One of the global 2012 SEED Award winners is the "Development Project of Comestible Mushrooms Culture in Rwanda" which was implemented in 2009 by AVVAIS, a local association of vulnerable widowers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable people living on a low income. The more

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Building a Bridge to better Government

Syldio is a farmer in Gicumbi District, who until recently had no way of selling his crops to neighboring districts,because of poor roads.Thanks to UN support for good governance in Gicumbi, local leaders now work together to bring sustainable,community-led improvement to their citizens. These gover more

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Environmental awareness brings new light

Before the Sabyinyo Eco-Tourism Lodge came to the Kinigi Sector of Rwanda, Julienne Nyirasine's children often had to skip school to help the family take potatoes to the nearby market. But now money from the lodge, nestled near Volcanoes National Park, has funded roads that allow vehicles to pick up more

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Justice brought closer to home

In 2010, 70-year old Rwankumbiri Théodomir from Huye District, South-Western Rwanda, sought help from UNDP supported Maison d’Accès à la Justice (MAJ), the access to justice office in order to reclaim his 99 year-old mother-in-law’s land in Ngoma District. His family had fled the 1959 Tutsi killing more

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Mobile Phones Empowering the Rural Poor through Mobile Banking

Mobile phones are as numerous in Rwanda as the beautiful panoramic views of its famous “Thousand Hills”.  This was all the more confirmed as Vestine Nyirabagande, Urwego Opportunity Bank’s (UOB) client, sat with a mobile phone on her lap.  She laughed when asked how many of her neighbors h more

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An Environment-Friendly Pilot Village to Revolutionize National Environment Protection and Poverty Reduction

Rubaya, March 14th, 2012 – In 2010, it all seemed surreal to 26 year-old Muhawenimana Solange, when her siblings and herself were offered to be housed in the newly established 1st Pilot Village of the Poverty and Environment Initiative. Two years on, the life of Solange and her siblings has taken on more

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Safety in a number: Survivors of Gender-based Violence have a place to call and go for support

As a pastor in Northern Rwanda, Emmanuel considered himself  as "the best husband". Then he attended Gender Awareness Raising Program in his community. The program taught the men about gender-based violence, and Emmanuel realized that he had been violent with his wife to a degree cons more

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