This is Rwanda : Joselyne Umutoniwase & Rwanda Clothing

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the fashion show of Rwanda Clothing. As usual, it was first at love sight with the collection designed by the talented Joselyne Umutoniwase . Bright colors, african fabrics, embroidery, beads, modern cuts, emphasize on details and feminity, I was totally amazed ! Models were all beautiful and coming in all the diversity of the feminity ! The show was fabulous as the brand is. If you don’t know yet Rwanda Clothing, let me introduce you to Joselyne, owner and founder of this Made in Rwanda brand.

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3 coffeeshops à ne pas manquer à Kigali!

En l’espace de 4 ans (lors de mon arrivée ici), la ville de Kigali a beaucoup évolué. Plus de restaurants, plus de coffeeshops, plus de bars, plus de boutiques. On est évidemment pas encore au niveau de Nairobi ou Johannesburg, mais tout doucement les choses changent et c’est agréable de suivre ces évolutions. A la base, les coffeeshops étaient plutôt vus comme un truc pour les touristes ou les expats, mais ça n’est plus le cas. J’ai régulièrement des fournisseurs ou mon comptable qui vont me proposer une réunion dans un coffeeshop plutôt qu’au bureau ! Le choix est désormais vaste, mais j’ai mes petites habitudes et aujourd’hui je vous en parle.

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Cours de Cuisine à Kigali

Il y a deux ans, j’avais déjà eu l’occasion de tester l’un des tours qu’ils organisent du quartier de Nyamirambo. Une demi-journée passée dans les ruelles vibrantes de ce quartier que j’affectionne , guidé par des jeunes qui y ont toujours vécu. Après le tour, nous avions lunché à la maison d’Aminata, une des membres de la coopérative. Le lunch m’avait laissée un doux souvenir. La cuisine d’Aminata est influencée par ses origines congolaises, c’est super gourmand, les plats sont mijotés longtemps et ça me rappelait clairement la cuisine de ma maman, qui elle aussi a grandi au Congo. Du coup, lors du séjour de mon amie Tazeem, je lui ai proposé qu’on teste le cours de cuisine d’Aminata.

 

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Koko Club : the kids friendly café in Kigali.

Founded by parents, the concept behind Koko Club was to have a space where kids can play together safely, while parent can chill with good and healthy food. The place is awesome and with my family, it is clearly our new Sunday ‘s spot.

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Ibaba : embroidery made in Rwanda

Last week, I visited the Ibaba workshop in Rutongo and was totally amazed. I placed a customized order few weeks ago for a friend of mine who is expecting her first baby and I decided to go to the workshop to take my order instead of waiting in Kigali. I already knew their products but seeing the ladies behind the wonderful embroideries was so great.

Ibaba Rwanda is a social enterprise empowering women with a beautiful story. During the seventies, in Rutongo, Belgian nuns started to teach embroidery to help young women from the village . After the training, they could start working in the workshop earning a salary and adding an income for their families. This great initiative represented for many years a great source of empowerment for women of Rutongo . The women of Rutongo had an incredible expertise in embroidery and they were known beyond Rwanda’s borders. Having an embroidered piece from them was a must.

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Staycation at Park Inn by Radisson in Kigali

During the last two years, few new international hotels opened in Kigali. Park Inn by Radisson is one of them. Of course, people are generally more focusing on Radisson Blu linked to the Convention Center, but the little brother Park inn should not be ignored. With cheaper rate, it could be your next staycation option !

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