Friday, May 19, 2006

 

Wednesday, May 17 Bpeace covers Rwanda

Marla, Loretta, Manny, Sabra and Susan, our interpreter, visited Pascasie Lyabagiye. She is one of 18 distributors in Kigali for the Bralirwa brewery. Over the past few years, Pascasie has successfully grown her business along with her husband and is considered to be an excellent client. Bralirwa is consolidating its distributors; next year they will only work with 10. In order to continue her business, Pascasie must build a larger depot in order to remain a client. The cost of building the depot and increasing her capacity to maintain the growth is approximately $250,000. She does not have the guarantee required to get a loan of this size and must find an investor or partner for her business or someone who can help her mediate with the banks. Bpeace will talk with its various contacts in Kigali to see what we can do for Pascasie at this time.
Comments:
I hope we'll be able to assist them in securing the funding. It's great to hear from the Team. I was beginning to have withdrawal symptoms! Love, to all, especially my sister. Miss you Anne, love Golde.
 
It would be great if we could get an American microbrewer or distributor interested in investing. It's amazing how much the team is accomplishing so effectively. You guys are wonderful and I bet it's fun learning about all these different businesses. Miss you all.

--Toni
 
I wish I was there to taste it!! It sounds like everyone is having a good time at the same time accomplishing an incredible amount of work.

I look forward to reading more.

Mary
 
It is amazing how much BPeace is doing around the world. I am still in Iran with my family but have the infused breath and energy of Kabul in me. You guys are doing great.
Farah
 
It is completely fascinating to gleem similarities to Kabul, but yet, quite obviously, the worlds are so very different. What's key is our mission is one and the same....Hope the entire team is doing well, staying healthy and my sincere thanks for keeping us informed and inspired.

With love,
Susan
 
GO TEAM!!! You all rock!

I just checked the blog and find as usual that Bpeace is a whirlwind of activity on the ground. Keep up the fabulous work! Know that we're all thinking of you, and are with you in spirit.

hugs to all,

Paula
 
What accomplishments! What vibrancy! I have tears in my eyes as I read all our volunteers and associates have done. And how proud I am to be associated with BPeace!! Love to all, be well and safe travels, Wendy S.
 
To the team: Thanks for the catchup and the photos. After weeks of reviewing the women's interview notes and discussing their potential, it is incredibly rewarding to now read of your quality time meeting with them. Real women with real businesses in sectors which demonstrate that Rwanda is recovering and with some help can accelerate. I know you are all tired but every minute you work is another minute you are making a difference . . .and you can and will collapse on the long flights home (and at your desks when you go back to your day jobs). Thinking of you. Kate
 
What accomplishments! What vibrancy! I have tears in my eyes as I read all our volunteers and associates have done. And how proud I am to be associated with BPeace!! Love to all, be well and safe travels, Wendy S.
 
What accomplishments! What vibrancy! I have tears in my eyes as I read all our volunteers and associates have done. And how proud I am to be associated with BPeace!! Love to all, be well and safe travels, Wendy S.
 
You are all so busy - and doing great things. It is terrific to see the diversity of businesses and the impact you are having.
Safe travels
Anne
 
wonderful to see all the great business opportunities and connections- and the diversity of women and their interests...
 
I am biting my nails with excitement as I read this blog. Way to go! Bpeace team. You are doing amazing work.
 
And I thought I was busy!!! Thanks for the notes...and enjoy all the wonderful people and places you are visiting. It sounds incredible. Lauren
 
Julia must be taking most of these photos. Are the Rawandans seeing any of them, they look good. Sounds like the trip is going very well and that the planning that went into it is paying off. It also sounds like you have brought much enthusiasm with you, it generates more enthusiasm.
Paul K
 
Julia must be taking most of these photos. Are the Rawandans seeing any of them, they look good. Sounds like the trip is going very well and that the planning that went into it is paying off. It also sounds like you have brought much enthusiasm with you, it generates more enthusiasm.
Paul K
 
Hi Team:

It's Sunday morning here, and I am sure that you have already put in a full day's work! Looks like we have some incredible associates with great businesses - looking forward to hearing more when you get back. Also looks like the weather is cooperating with you as well. Hey Marla, any chance of bringing some of that beer back (would taste real good after a long hike in Vermont!!)
 
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