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Entrepreneurs of Rwanda

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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2011

This short documentary explores the growth of an entrepreneurial mindset in a country once devoid of anything resembling a functioning economy. After decades of civil war, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (now the Rwandan Defense Force) set out to rebuild the country. What followed defied the traditional idea of a victorious African army: of an army that strives for power before using its resources toward country development.

Through the voices of Michael Fairbanks (author and development expert), Eugene Haguma (CEO of a top incubation firm), and Emelienne Nyiramana (a former water fetcher and current founder of a sewing cooperative that exports to a growing U.S. market), the film examines the impact of a growing belief in private enterprise. It also aims to discover the meaning of entrepreneurship in the Rwandan context, and how the youth of Rwanda can "stand up with both legs and work with a vision."

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