Reflections from Rwanda: Investing in One of the World’s Fastest-Growing Economies
“Welcome to the pride of every farmer in this province,” said Angelique Karekezi during my first trip to Rwanda in 2005. She was 25 at the time, and I recall my visit as if it were yesterday. We had traveled on back roads all morning, finally winding up at a coffee washing station owned and operated by Koakaka Cooperative, a farmer business that Angelique managed.
“This building has become a meeting and healing place for our members,” said Angelique as we toured the village-based processing plant that had been inaugurated in the wake of the war-torn 1990s. She presented the cooperative’s latest harvest figures to a room full of Hutu and Tutsi farmers, former enemies who, despite their past, had come together to earn income through enterprise.