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Building a fashion empire with Afrocentric bow ties

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When Matthew “Tayo” Rugamba ventured into the fashion business in 2011, he began by selling his bow ties out of a backpack. At the time he was still living and studying in the US, but whenever he came back home to Rwanda for the holidays, he would work on making bow ties, and peddling them informally. Rugamba is the founder and creative director of House of Tayo, a Kigali-based fashion label known mostly for its attention-getting bow ties, neck ties, pocket scarves and snoods which are made from African “kitenge” fabrics. Rugamba uses House of Tayo as a creative vehicle to dispel myths and showcase the “actual” African culture, lifestyle and heritage that many around the world do not see.

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Rwanda Partnering With Nokia And SRG To Deploy Smart City Technology

By Peter Pedroncelli

The Rwandan government will be working with Finnish mobile giants Nokia and local company SRG in the deployment of smart city technology solutions throughout the country. Nokia’s advanced capabilities in this arena will be used to deliver a secure and effective smart city solution for the East African nation, which will include a mission-critical access network, IP and cloud core networks, and Nokia’s ‘impact platform’, which will enable numerous applications related to the internet of things (IoT).

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Rwanda: New Govt Initiatives Will Attract More Investors in Affordable Housing - RHA

How can Rwanda deliver more affordable housing units and ensure low and middle-income earners acquire decent homes in the medium-term? This question becomes more pertinent particularly as the country's urban population continues to grow rapidly while few houses are being delivered for this market segment. However, the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), city authorities and other stakeholders say there is no cause for alarm "as there are new initiatives in the pipeline to bring more housing units on the market particularly affordable homes.

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Rwandan solar-powered kiosk company wants to create Africa’s biggest wifi network

Last year in March, How we made it in Africa spoke to Henri Nyakarundi, founder of African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED), about the company’s mobile solar kiosk, which offers customers a convenient, low-cost solution to charge their phones. It works on a franchise model, giving budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to run their own phone-recharging businesses. Since then, the company has broadened its offering and now labels itself as a connectivity solutions provider looking to “build the largest wifi network in Africa” and provide bottom-of-the-pyramid users with digital content through its revamped mobile solar kiosk, called the Shiriki Hub.

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