Rwanda 2015 day 17, Wednesday 14 October 2015 – Fellowship Meeting.
Last full day today and a lot of loose ends to tie up.
I’m up early as usual and rework the spreadsheet for Leocadie’s clothes business based on lower working capital and therefore lower sales. It still looks good.
Bosco is as punctual as ever and turns up at 9 AM sharp. Rukundo explains that he and Erika need to go out but he will be back later. Jean-Luc helps with interpretation but Bosco doesn’t need much help now that he has the spreadsheet in French. He follows the instructions and my reworked budget. Judith comes to explain how to enter daily income and expenditure. It’s obvious it’s all quite familiar to him. The only problem is he doesn’t have internet at home but explains he is planning to get a smart phone which is the standard way to access the Internet in Rwanda. Worst case I explain that we simply need regular income and expenditure details and we could update the spreadsheet from the UK. No problem he says. I like this man.
Rukundo is back late morning and has already spoken to Leocadie. She’s coming across after lunch to discuss how feasible it is to set the business up with a lower working capital.
Fofo who is going to help Leocadie joins the discussion with Rukundo and I after the meal. The excitement is palpable. Leocadie says there’s no big problem with having a lower working capital. She might even be able to achieve as much as two thirds of her original sales projections. Margins might be slightly compromised as you get a better deal if you’re buying more but the numbers and in particular the net profit still looks very acceptable.
We have a result! We pray and give thanks to God.
Rukundo and I manage to catch a few minutes together. We run through how much finance we actually have and how he would like to apportion it. Even leaving aside a generous sum for some form of transport solution we have enough to fund the mill and its working capital, more working capital for the shop, Leocadie’s clothes business, a provision for transport and some for contingency. He receives the money with deep gratitude.
I share with Rukundo that a friend has emailed from the UK to say they would like to fund raise for an animal husbandry project for Kabarondo. That’s amazing we have covered all the bases we planned and more besides in the nick of time.
This evening is Fellowship evening at church and our last chance to say goodbye to everyone.
Not everyone can make it on a Wednesday evening so it’s a fairly informal time but I’m pleased to see Emanuel and Jayne, Claude and Perpetua, Longine, Bosco, Leocadie and several others I know. For some reason all the English speakers including Erika are late but Rukundo’s eldest son Samuel has come with us. Rukundo persuades him to do translation. Rukundo speaks in English and Samuel translates into Rwanda. It’s his first attempt at translation and he does very well.
It’s a very emotional time and one after another people share how our visit has really helped them both to get over prejudice about white people and in their progress towards community.
To wind up the evening I do Hilary’s financial workshop presentation which gives Rukundo a great platform to share about how the businesses we are establishing are the Lord’s and the profits will be for the work of the church but they will provide employment for church and community members. He has really grasped kingdom principles and it is very encouraging.
Back home for supper. Packing tomorrow.