is a picture of Kigali, a thriving part of the “new” Rwanda. A
friend of mine was given the gift of a trip to Rwanda and when she
shared her journey with us she was bursting with excitement and
praise for this small country that has made such an amazing come
don't think she would mind if I share her words with you: “
Rwanda is bursting with energy, the people filled with pride about
how they have all come together to build a new and exciting country…
the spirit is absolutely contagious. Everyone smiles ...a lot...and
there is great pride in the direction the country is moving.”
of the facts that she shared really caught my attention. Today
Rwanda is number one in the world in the percentage of women in the
Legislature ... 64%. How I wish we could say the same for our
country. As of this writing the U.S. is at number 25 !
of you know that I have long been active in Kiva ... the worldwide
organization that gives mini loans to people in need to help them
start their own businesses. In August of 2009 I chose a man named
Theodomil in Rwanda.
was just one of the many who put up $25 and his goal of $900 was soon
met. He actually paid the loan back before it was due and, when I
last checked, his business was thriving.
is just one of the millions of men and women in Rwanda who have put
the past behind them and are working passionately to make their
country an example of dignity and success. Can we say the same?