Meet the team: Kigali, Winter 2018

Welcome to our new cohort of Challenges Worldwide International Citizen Service volunteers, or more formally our new team of “Business Support Associates”.  Over the following 3 months, they will be learning Professional Consulting accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK with Challenges Worldwide and using their new skill set to give support to SME’s across Kigali, Rwanda.

Let’s take a few minutes to meet the team in Kigali:

 

Meet the Team: AdrianName: Adrian Gonzalez
Age: 22
From: Valencia (Spain)
Work counterpart: Berry
Enterprise: TEMACO Builders
One interesting thing about your host home? – Everyone plays PS4 at home.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – The amount of responsibility we have in our enterprise.
Favourite place in Kigali (surprise me) – The stadium or Mamba
Best thing to eat in Kigali? (surprise me again) – Umubano Hotel Samosas

 

Meet the Team: AlineName: Aline Niyomizero
Age: 21
From: Kigali
Work counterpart: Roshni Dodhia
Enterprise: Acacia Book Cafe
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – They ask us what we would like to eat every day!
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – Not being able to use the motorbikes.
Favourite place in Kigali – Convention centre, Car Free Zone
Best thing to eat in Kigali – I don’t like to eat but when I do its chips, meat or snacks.

 

Meet the Team: AloysName: Rukundo Aloys
Age: 30
From: Kigali
In-country Team Leader
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – Friendly, joyful host mum
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – Some of the enterprises have turned out different than expected.
Favourite place in Kigali – Kisemente because of the variety of restaurants and bars and transport
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Mushroom Soup

 

Meet the Team: BerryName: Marie Bertrande Umuhire
Age: 21
From: Kigali
Work counterpart: Roshni Dodhia
Enterprise: Acacia Book Cafe
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – I like the way I can toast my bread every morning.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – I was surprised by the risk assessment procedures.
Favourite place in Kigali – Monaco Cafe
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Hamburger.

 

Meet the Team: ClaudeName: Claude Uwihoreye
Age: 25
From: Muzansi district
Work counterpart: Georgia Wilkie
Enterprise: Elkon Media
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – They are so engaging wth many stories and jokes.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – People from different origins, diverse education and cultural background.
Favourite place in Kigali – Nyamirambo because there is always a circulation of people and they work 24/7
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Ugali with meat.

 

Meet the Team: DaviesName: Eloi Davis Nzeyimana
Age: 19
From: Rwanda
Work counterpart: Ruth Wallis
Enterprise: Kumwe Logistics
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – They have a piano
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – My Work counterpart.
Favourite place in Kigali – Simba-Gishushu
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Brochettes.

 

Meet the Team: DenyseName: Denyse Uwamwezi
Age: 21
From: Kigali, Rwanda
Work counterpart: Katie Robertson
Enterprise: Aspire Rwanda
What is the best thing about your host home? – The host parents
What was the most surprising thing about the programme? – Challenges change venues every week
Favourite place in Kigali: Downtown
Best thing to eat in Kigali: Chips

 

Meet the Team: DianeName: Diane Wilkie
Age: 23
From: Kigali
Work counterpart: Rahum Rana
Enterprise: Dokmai Rwanda
One interesting thing about your host home? Having Parents
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? Working with different people from different countries.
Favourite place in Kigali? – Cocoa Bean
Best thing to eat in Kigali? – Pizza

 

Meet the Team: EmilyName: Emily Judge
Age: 23
From: Somerset
Work counterpart: Melissa Umutoni
Enterprise: Itara
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – They have a maid!
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – 8.30pm curfew
Favourite place in Kigali – Inzora because of their ice-chocolate
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Chips

 

Meet the Team: EricName: Eric Tuyambaze
Age: 30
From: Kigali
In-country Team Leader
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – I have been interested by differences in people’s preferences.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – UK people have responded well to Rwandan food.
Favourite place in Kigali – Kigali convention centre.
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Chips.

 

Meet the Team: EzechielName: Ezechiel Ndayisaba
Age: 25
From: Kigali, Rwanda
Work counterpart: Matt Townsend
Enterprise: Digital Creations
One interesting thing about your host home? – They are very accommodating
What is an interesting thing about this programme? – I work with a person that I do not live with
What is the most inspiring thing about this programme? – There’s is a lot of involvement
Favourite place in Kigali? – Fuschia
Best thing to eat in Kigali? – Cassava bread (Ugali)
Please tell us a fun fact about you: I get more friendly when I drink

 

Meet the Team: FraserName: Fraser Wylie
Age: 25
From: Milton Keynes
Work counterpart: Odile Giramahoro Uwayo
Enterprise: Iriba Water Group Ltd.
What is the best thing about your host home? – My host family, they’ve been really welcoming and want to make sure that we get the most out of our time here.
What was the most surprising thing about the programme? – Drinking tea and coffee together
Favourite place in Kigali: Kimironko Market
Best thing to eat in Kigali: So far, weirdly it’s the cabbage – they make it with peanut flour I think and it’s amazing.

 

Meet the Team: GeorgieName: Georgie Wilkie
Age: 21
From: Lincolnshire (UK)
Work counterpart: Claude Uwihoreye
Enterprise: ELCON Media
One interesting thing about your host home? – We are a 5-minute walk to La Palisse.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – How the number of challenges that we face on a day-to-day basis are making me a competent person.
Favourite place in Kigali (surprise me) – Simba Supermarket (if you know you know)
Best thing to eat in Kigali? (surprise me again) – Meze Fresh Burrito

 

Meet the Team: HarryName: Harry Sumner
Age: 24
From: Portsmouth, UK
Work counterpart: Linda Mutesi
Enterprise: Green Food Company – Imena Dairy
One interesting thing about your host home? – Getting bullied by the local kids.
What was the most surprising thing about the programme? – Ended up living with a guy from Burundi.
Favourite place in Kigali – Mamba – live music
Best thing to eat in Kigali? – Samosas and yoghurt.

 

Meet the Team: HortenceName: Itegeke Marie Hortence
Age: 24
From: Musanze district
In-country Team Leader
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – How friendly our host family are.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme?  –Until now there have been no conflicts among us as it is expected when there are different people together.
Favourite place in Kigali – Kibagabaga
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Meat and salads.

 

Meet the Team: JoseeName: Josée Rwambara
Age: 22
From: Kimironko, Kigali
Work counterpart: Rupen Kalsi
Enterprise: Live again Rwanda
One interesting thing about your host home? – Have to babysit
What was the most surprising thing about the programme? – Living in host homes
Favourite place in Kigali – Downtown
Best thing to eat in Kigali? – Bugari is the best

 

Meet the Team: JosieName: Josie Lindsey
Age: 22
From: Oxford
Work counterpart: Rene-Fidele Muvandimwe
Enterprise: Cosen
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – They laugh a lot – mostly at me and the grandma is always happy
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – How expensive the supermarkets ar
Favourite place in Kigali – Pili Pili
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Chips.

 

Meet the Team: JulienName: Marie Bertrande Umuhire
Age: 21
From: Kigali
Work counterpart: Adrian Gonzalez
Enterprise: Temacco Builders
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – They have a toaster
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – Working for a construction company
Favourite place in Kigali – View of Nyarutarama
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Hamburgers

 

Meet the Team: KatieName: Katie Robinson
Age: 23
From: Manchester
Work counterpart: Denyse Uwamwezi
Enterprise: Aspire Rwanda
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – Baby plus 2-year son are very entertaining.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – Working with a charity as a business
Favourite place in Kigali – Simba
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Samosas.

 

Meet the Team: KrupaName: Krupa Patel
Age: 33
From: London
Team Leader
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – We have a maid! Also, my host parents are pretty wild.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – How well the group get on.
Favourite place in Kigali – Pili Pili
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Chips! Taste great, even without the cheese and gravy.

 

Meet the Team: LaylaName: Layla Hamzi -Gomez
Age: 21
From: London (UK)
Work counterpart: Lewis Habimana
Enterprise: Toddlers Care
One interesting thing about your host home? – My host mum does not speak English only French.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – Being able to fully immerse myself in the culture.
Favourite place in Kigali (surprise me) – Kimironko market
Best thing to eat in Kigali? (surprise me again) – Fruit, Mangoes definitely Mangoes. Umm and avocados definitely as well.

 

Meet the Team: LewisName: Lewis Habimana
Age: 21
From: Burundi
Work counterpart: Layla Hamzi-Gomez
Enterprise: Toddlers Care
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – What we eat – it’s good, especially breakfast
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – The work we do is much more difficult!
Favourite place in Kigali – Convention Centre
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Cassava Bread

 

Meet the Team: LindaName: Linda Mutesi
Age: 19
From: Kimironko, Kigali
Work counterpart: Harry Sumner
Enterprise: Green food company, Imena dairy
One interesting thing about your host home? – Mushrooms – we eat them!
What was the most surprising thing about the programme? – Strange ‘quiz’ during training week.
Favourite place in Kigali (surprise me) – Pili Pili
Best thing to eat in Kigali? – Bisweets biscuits

 

Meet the Team: LouisName: Louis (Jesus)
Age: 21
From: London (UK)
Work counterpart: Maurice Mugenga
Enterprise: Fiatope Digital Solutions
One interesting thing about your host home? – They have no basic cooking facilities but food is great.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – The opportunity to make what you want from it.
Favourite place in Kigali (surprise me) – Umubano Hotel tennis court or Kimironko market
Best thing to eat in Kigali? (surprise me again) – Carbs Carbs and Carbs

 

Meet the Team: MattName: Matt Townsend
Age: 22
From: Manchester
Work counterpart: Ezéchiel Ndayisaba
Enterprise: Digital Creations
One interesting thing about your host home? – Host mum is a psychologist working with HIV positive patients.
What was the most surprising thing about the programme? – How cheap tennis courts are to rent.
Favourite place in Kigali – Imena arts centre
Best thing to eat in Kigali? – Fresh Rwandan Pineapple

 

Meet the Team: MelissaName: Melissa Umutoni
Age: 21
From: Kigali
Work counterpart: Emily Judge
Enterprise: Itara
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – Nice food and they have a chef
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – How we have been able to make friendships so easily.
Favourite place in Kigali – Convention Centre
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Chicken Quesadilla from Mezze Fresh

 

Meet the Team: OdileName: Odile Giramahoro
Age: 23
From: Kigali
Work counterpart: Fraser Wylie
Enterprise: Iriba Water Group
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – Nobody talks.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – Living in someone’s else home in Kigali and not my own home!
Favourite place in Kigali – My church as I love playing music – drums and bass guitar.
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Simba Salad (onions, lettuce, ham, cheese, steak, eggs, toasted bread, mayo)

 

Meet the Team: OliviaName: Olivia Stevens
Age: 25
From: Norwich
Work counterpart: Julien Shyaka
Enterprise: Computer Geek Tech Limited
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – Nobody can speak English and my host mum is always trying to make me eat Passion Fruit at all hours.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – The beautiful views when walking around Kigali, especially at night.
Favourite place in Kigali – Inzora Café and Bookshop
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Passion Fruit! And also, a cold Skol.

 

Meet the Team: RahumName: Rahum Rana
Age: 23
From: London
Work counterpart: Diane Akiteka
Enterprise: Dokmai Rwanda
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – Brushing my teeth in the garden
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – How established and impressive the business is.
Favourite place in Kigali – Pili Pili
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Samosa’s

 

Meet the Team: ReneName: Rene-Fidele Muvandimwe
Age: 22
From: Kigali
Work counterpart: Josie Lindsey
Enterprise: Cosen
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – They have a good tv
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – My enterprise thinks we are experts!
Favourite place in Kigali – Convention Centre
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Meat

 

Meet the Team: RoshniName: Roshni Dodhia
Age: 23
From: London
Work counterpart: Aline Niyomizero
Enterprise: Acacia Coffee
One interesting thing about your host home? – I live next door to a swimming pool.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – The programme gives me an opportunity to live and work in a place that I would not have been able to otherwise.
Favourite place in Kigali (surprise me) – Pili Pili
Best thing to eat in Kigali? (surprise me again) – The avocados.

 

Meet the Team: RupenName: Rupen Kalsi
Age: 21
From: Essex
Work counterpart: Josee Rwambara
Enterprise: Live Again Rwanda
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – The maid cleans my shoes everyday – it’s the nicest thing anyone’s done for me!
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – Having the same conversations about feminism than I was in the UK.
Favourite place in Kigali – Pili Pili, Kibagabaga
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Mutzig

 

Meet the Team: RuthName: Ruth Wallis
Age: 22
From: Bristol
Work counterpart: Eloi Davies Nzeyimana
Enterprise: Kumwe Logistics
What is the most interesting thing about your host home? – It’s females only!
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – How well everyone gets on as a group
Favourite place in Kigali – Mount Kigali – the hike
Best thing to eat in Kigali – Peanut Sauce

 

Meet the Team: ThomasName: Thomas Evans
Age: 23
From: Cobham, Surrey (UK)
Work counterpart: Joselyne Nirere
Enterprise: Posh Creative LTD
One interesting thing about your host home? – I live right next to Kigali stadium and I have a dog named Koby and 3 chickens.
What is the most surprising thing about the programme? – It is in your hands to make the most of your placement.
Favourite place in Kigali (surprise me) – Nyabugogo bus station
Best thing to eat in Kigali? (surprise me again) – Pineapples, avocados & Mexican burritos.