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I share same views with Blenda, a journalist and news writer in Rwanda, 

The homeland of my grandparents, a home of my mother and sisters,
a home for the loving first lady and most  women parliamentarian in the world.
It is a home of the Guiness Reccord breaker as the best woman cricket biter.
A home for the hopeful young girls who are willing to take part in the country’s development as done by their elder sisters through taking advantages of the present outstanding leadership hence proceed to taking the strategic positions in the countries’ life corners ; that is my Home, my beloved Rwanda, a country of thousand hills.

Since the start of my primary school, the pretty young Isimbi always competed with me at being the the top of the class, eventually throughout my schooling i witnessed some girls and  through my schooling I witnessed some girls doing far better than their fellow boys, and in the end of it all women employed me and lead me well. I always imagine of the colourful world and the shining future that is ruined if these youngsters continue to be denied opportunities to pursue studies or to fully exploit their potentials as done by some parents in favor of boys, I am certain that the extraordinary souls that chose to empower the young girls and women helped me realize how hardworking, outstanding and strong they can be once given equal opportunities.

Over 20 years, the country has taken the path of promoting and entrenching gender equality and put in place policies that give equal development opportunities for both girls and boys. As matter of fact, some laws and policies were revised including the famours inharitance law adopted in 2003.

Many efforts ingrained were driven by the visionary leadership of the president Paul Kagame with the loving heart of the first lady whose vision is a just Rwanda with all men and women sharing same rights and opportunities.

Furthermore, to reduce the gap observed in gender inequality entrenched for longtime, considerable mainstreaming measures have been adopted including the current active 30% women in decision making process, and about 64 % of women in the parliament, specialized schools and special consideration of women in national exams just to mention few.

As results, the recent national exam presented a high performance of girls compared to their brothers. Women are present in all countries development corners.

“Success precede work only in the Dictionary”, after the genocide perpetrated against the tutsi in Rwanda, the country was only known as a country whose children’s part was targeted and killed by their fellow Rwandans, a troubled country found in the heart of Africa with no hope and a doubtful future.

Despite whatever faced at that time, the recent global reports has these good news for Rwanda:
-The first country with high women parliamentarian

-The Doing business second best in Africa
-Kigali ( Capital city of Rwanda) is the cleanest in Africa
-The safest place to tour during the night
-The 1st effectively  managed country in Africa just to mention few.

As 52% of Rwandan citizens are women, I believe they undoubtedly have contributed to the achievements and I share this belief with so many fellow men as so far 800000 men have signed a he for she petition supporting women’s development.

Let us preserve the dignity regained.

Currently,Rwandan women are celebrating the decorous treatment, however I am sure that there are countries where women are under oppression and have no hope for bright future. Let us not take this for granted, it is the ample time for giving back to the community, and the country at large. It is indeed now that we need to show the world that women are strong and are resources for success, and they deserve respect and dignity. “Everyone has a relationship with a woman” HE Paul Kagame.

A habit, if not stoped become a necessity, we have to keep this positive mentality for a safe environment for our mothers, sisters.

I am a HEforSHE, what about you?
#Remarkable Rwanda


Build a synergetic approach to adress youth Unemployment

Sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest population growth projected between now and 2050 and the highest youth population in the world. According to The World’s Youth 2013 Data Sheet, this population is likely to be doubled in 2050. Again Youth unemployment remains a barrier to the African’s development.

Where are we going? Is the problem diminishing or escalating?

I grew up in the rural area of East part of Rwanda with limited access to electricity and education, some of my friends didn’t manage to pursue their studies. I have had luck to pursue studies but I kept in touch with those who didn’t manage to pursue studies. In that time, I’ve had chance to realize how youth of all categories according to the education levels suffer the unemployment problems.

Youth who remained at home or dropped out of schools before completing suffers lack of knowledge, capital and market linkage to who tried and start a small business.

Youth who pursued studies and graduated from universities thinking to get some fruits from salaries suffers the unemployment caused by the competitive labor market, lack of required experience, lack of information and capital for starting the business.

Many among the two categories suffer failure of their businesses at start while big and sustainable companies are still raising income and expanding.

Where is the problem? What could we do?

The problem is that whoever tries to address the problem for both categories of youth deals with only one cause be it limited knowledge, market linkage, lack of capital and failure to penetrate in the already existing market with competitive strong businesses.

There is a need for the integrative approaches engaging all concerned actors and potential stakeholders among others the Government

Couldn’t this synergy work?

In this consortium of actors, Youth who are educated will gain the experience as peer educators supporting uneducated youth to start enterprises or cooperatives and help them in putting together all marketing strategies and market linkages.

Accessing market for a new market entrant is a big challenge to youth small and medium enterprise, their capital and experience couldn’t compete with big and already existing and strong companies, as part of corporate social responsibilities, these big companies could give job to these enterprises if their services and goods are demanded. This support from big companies will encourage youth enterprises to grow, create more jobs and business resilience from which other youth will be motivated to enter in the cycle.

The main task for the government is to see if legal framework is friendly to easing this synergy and sensitize youth to enter in the cycle. Sensitize big companies to help youth resilience and job creation.

Youth is the force, is a precious gift that God gave the globe, once misused, this creates a danger but when used effectively, positive change and grow happens. This is not a task of one people but let synergize and growth together.

Jean Pierre Sibomana 

Independent thinker 



A group photo

A group photo

It’s been 7 years living far from my home district after joining university studies and work after graduation, the same scenario is shared among most of my peers whom we shared same classes and same childhood.

Imagine how much pleasure parents, local leaders and former teachers have had seeing their children coming back to support the area during the November monthly community work on November 28th 2015.

During that particular community work, I and peers have joined hands with Kabarondo sector inhabitants to rehabilitate a house for one vulnerable old woman in the area, establishment of one Kitchen garden and clean up the neighborhood. As usual we attended the post –umuganda meeting with community which was the ample time for sharing the root cause of the initiative and to share plans, issues and different opportunities in the area.

We visited the family of a teacher who taught most of that group in primary school. What a pleasure!!!! It was quite a surprise for people in the neighborhood to see the youth.

My home, my life. Sharing memories, stories, projects, laughter and tears of joy, characterized the event; Signs of love, hope, potential victories and greatness were in everybody’s face. I was like, no sweet place like home.

The monthly community work locally know as Umuganda is totally a made in Rwanda initiative where Rwandans joins hand to care of their country  and the environment by cleaning roads, houses, providing solutions to the current urgent problems, providing to vulnerable members of our community and at the end meets to discuss on some issues and opportunities in the country.

As result, the country is clean, achieved fast and consistent development, with proud and accountable people and with much willingness to keep the country development pace and reach even far.

I can’t wait to attend the next Umuganda in December, what about you? Joing us #umuganda, #Remarkable Rwanda #Agaciro

I and Peers building kitchen garden during the Umuganda

I and Peers building kitchen garden during the Umuganda


The word Social entrepreneurship is not strange in  the hears of some of you. It is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value. From my point of view, social entrepreneurship brings much satisfaction than any other work.

I worked for NGOs since 2010 and people who received my good services appreciated always, but after visiting Tanzania, Arusha in Massai land in like 100 km from Arusha, I realised what social entrepreneurship is and also revealed that I still have a lot to do.

Martin Ole Sanago is the African social entrepreneur of the year 2014.


Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago was born and raised in Maasai Steppes/plains of northern Tanzania and was born around the early 1960s as the exact dates of his birth is not really know because the Maasai parents of that time do not know how to read and write neither how to keep records and they were not aware of modern calender seasonality.

Martin was educated in a Catholic primary school and attended the Lutheran Seminary in his secondary educates as well as a government school in his high college. He took his first diploma in Development Studies in the Republic of Ireland in late eighties and did more studies in the UK and Germany. He has Master of Science in Community Economic Development and other various academic certificates.

Martin has travelled extensively in Europe, North America, the African continent and as far as to Australia in search of support and resources for development of the Maasai people of Tanzania. Again Martin learned a lot of experiences and knowledge in visiting other indigenous communities worldwide; like Red indians of Montreal Canada, the Aboriginal of Australia and hunters Gatherers of South Africa.

Martin worked a lot in establishing a number of NGOs and grassroots organizations among them; PINGOSs Forum, Inyuat -E-Moipo, Edoinyo -oo-Moruak & Mkulat Cultural Trust, UWAMA, Malambo Parish  Development association and Simanjiro Development and Conservation Trust.

Martin Also works tireless in establishing and pioneering social entrepreneurship and Community business ventures for purposes of Maasai people economic empowerment eg. ORMAME CO.LTD; ORMOTI-TUKKUTA CONSERVATION INVESTMENT CO.LTD; DOSI CO.LTD; ENERGY& WATER CO.LTD and other Community based business centres as you will  see in section of Social business.


•IOPA and Mr. Martin Kariongi has been awarded a number of Awards to recognize the performances and impacts at Community levels at different times of IOPA history this is not in any way to praise IOPA or Mr. Martin Kariongi but just to show how much we have achieved in this life time and history in working with and impacting Maasai Pastoral Communities in remote locations.
•May, 1995 –International Human Rights Award; Canadian Human Rights Foundation-Montreal, Canada: The Best indigenous peoples land Rights Program.
•August, 1998 -Land Rights for the Millennium Award; By the Australian Association of Indigenous Peoples; Canberra City- Australia.
•December, 2003 -Ashoka Fellowship Award, Kampala –Uganda; Innovators for the Public- Social- Economic empowerment of the Maasai Peoples through Social Entrepreneurship.
•May, 2005 -Media Institute of Southern Africa Award, Dar-es Salaam-Tanzania;  High Quality Investigative Journalism Award in remote Locations.
•June, 2006. -Ford Motors Award; New York City- USA. Quality World Wide Community Leadership in the Community /Society programme: Columbia University
•December, 2007 -National Environmental Award, Dar-es-Salaam; The Best Environmentalist of the year  in Simanjiro District in Manyara.

Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago began to dream of wanting to uplift his Maasai community and social -economic empowerment of his people since he was a teenager. Martin is working now full time  for the economic empowerment of the Maasai Pastoralists through Social business approaches through Civic driven Change and measuring performance in using Social Return on Investment among other impact and performance measurement tools.

For Details: http://www.orkonerei.or.tz/