People to Know

6 Big Ideas to Transform Tourism in Rwanda

Carmen Nibigira has a bold new vision for tourism in East Africa — and for Rwanda, in particular. Gorillas are great, she says. But it’s time to go back to the drawing board. The industry needs to be professionalized, regionally integrated, and adapted to East African travelers. She’s optimistic that tourism in the country is...

By ·

Bourbon Coffee’s Managing Director on What it Takes to Excel in Hospitality, Plus What He Looks for in New Hires

For a long time, Bourbon Coffee was the coffee shop in Kigali. Now, you’ll find dozens of options scattered around the city, but Bourbon still draws the multitude. Enter one of its six locations in Rwanda’s capital, and you’ll see after-church crowds on Sunday, buzzing birthday parties on Friday, and sharply dressed businesspeople Monday through Thursday. If...

By ·

GroceWheels’ Founder on the Raw Realities of Entrepreneurship in Rwanda

Entrepreneurship can be painful — literally. Gael Murara knows this firsthand. The founder of GroceWheels, an online grocery delivery service in Kigali, Rwanda, broke his leg when the delivery vehicle he was riding in crashed. In typical startup fashion, he was personally running orders to his clients. But he’s focused on the silver lining. Prior to...

By ·