Cultural

About cultural experiences

 

Craft Demonstrations

 

Discover Rwanda through the eyes of local women artisans and entrepreneurs. The Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center provides training and space for women to learn, demonstrate and sell traditional crafts, artwork and food products. Explore the surrounding community, as well, to learn about local farm and coffee production. Guided tours can be arranged for individuals and groups for the price of $35 USD per person (aside from additional costs, such as the Dancing troupe booking).

 

 

 

 

Food Production

 

The “pods” on the campus of the center were built from clay bricks made by a local women’s cooperative. The pods are round, because Rwandan women prefer to work together in a circle. Watch as they weave natural materials into beautiful baskets and paint the striking black, white and red spirals known as Imigongo, an art form practiced in Rwanda since the 18th century. Learn the meaning of the various traditional designs and how the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center is enabling local women to continue these cherished artistic traditions and use their creativity to earn income. You can also join in on the traditional Imigongo paintings and basket weaving.

The “farm house” is our commercial kitchen, where local women make organic yoghurt. We offer an array of flavors, from plain to vanilla – to even strawberry! Learn how these products are made, taste samples and listen as the women share how their new skills are enabling them to earn income, support their families and send their children to school.

 

Njagama Women’s Farm Tour

 

Watch women tending the Njagama women’s organic farm adjacent to the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center. The women can demonstrate sustainable farming techniques, which enable them to grow a broad range of crops, including cassava, cabbage, celery, bananas, tomatoes, carrots, green pepper, onion, lettuce, and spinach. Gain an appreciation for their talents and hard work, and then enjoy the bounty of their harvest in dishes served at the Urugo Restaurant!

 

 

 

 

Kayonza Town

 

Discover how the locals live with a 3 km walk or moto ride into Kayonza Town. We’ll recommend local bars, restaurants, shops and activities, so you can explore this bustling town on your own, meet friendly local residents and take home incredible memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take the Coffee Trail

 

Enjoy a guided, 6km trek through a lush valley to a local coffee farm and bean washing facility, where you will learn how coffee is produced and taste locally grown blends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing troupe 

 

Explore your Rwandan rhythm by booking a session with our local dance troupe. For only 100,000 RWF, you can embody the Rwandan culture and be swayed away by the beat of your own drum.

 

 

 

Bread making

 

 Come and see how traditional Rwandan dishes are made! Take a personal tour of our kitchen and get the inside scoop with all of our chefs. Learn the secret recipes and take part in devouring all of our homegrown flavors and spices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural dinning

 

Let your taste buds be adventurous too! Try our homemade dishes made by our excellent chefs who have mastered the art of culinary. All the food is cultivated and grown in our kitchen gardens as well, making the taste that much more savory.

 

 

 

 

Akagera National Park and Muhazi Scenic Lake

 

Our staff can recommend a local tour operator to take you into Akagera National Park, home to elephants, buffalo, zebras, waterbuck, giraffes, leopards, hyenas and lions, as well as Muhazi Scenic Lake the favorite stop of an infinite variety of birds. Rest and recharge at the Urugo Eco-Lodge while you plan the next stage in your African adventure.

 

 

 

Supporting Women’s Economic Development

 

When you enjoy the cultural experiences at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center, you’re supporting the social and economic development of local women and surrounding communities. Since 2013, the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center has provided a secure, supportive environment where women can find support, access resources, and build life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.  Women for Women International thanks you for choosing the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center.

The “pods” on the campus of the center were built from clay bricks made by a local women’s cooperative. The pods are round, because Rwandan women prefer to work together in a circle. Watch as they weave natural materials into beautiful baskets and paint the striking black, white and red spirals known as Imigongo, an art form practiced in Rwanda since the 18th century. Learn the meaning of the various traditional designs and how the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center is enabling local women to continue these cherished artistic traditions and use their creativity to earn income. You can also join in on the traditional Imigongo paintings and basket weaving.

Learning the art of pounding and grinding sorghum

Food and beverages have sparked our celebrations for centuries, thanks to sorghum — the crop from which both are processed. Historically, sorghum is credited for making every Umuganura festival memorable.   While visiting Ndego Sector in Kayonza District, I rolled up my sleeves and learned how to harvest sorghum. Tracing the genesis of the main […]

Preserving Culture Through Imigongo Art

While visiting the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center, I rolled up my sleeves and tried my hand at painting. Painting is an integral part of visual arts. Through this creative vocation, artists express their ideas and emotions. They tell their stories in a two-dimensional visual language. Their artworks come in all shapes, sizes, colors and texture. […]

Dusingizimana Marie Jeanne reflects on her journey

Dusingizimana Marie Jeanne lost her parents during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Becoming an orphan at a tender age of seven was seemingly unbearable but being strong was the only choice she was left with.   With support from FARG (French acronym for Genocide Survivors Assistance Fund), Marie Jeanne focused on her studies despite […]

This kitenge cap comes with a detachable face mask

This creatively designed cap attracted my attention the moment I entered the gift shop at the center. The said shop is set up next to Urugo Roadside Cafe, my regular stopover en route to Akagera National Park.   Kitenge is an African fabric that stimulates creativity. It can be converted into a shirt, wallet, laptop […]

Another Day at the Office

It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Kayonza. I am excited about the new excursions lined up on my schedule. For Nayigiki Marceline, a resident of Kabarondo Sector, it’s just another day at the office.   While in the lab doing work, she can’t stop singing. Singing boosts her morale and uplifts her spirit. She […]

Urugo Roadside Café: Ideal for Akagera-bound tourists

The aroma of fresh coffee is irresistible to many. There is a huge difference between the fresh, locally grown coffee and those stale products occupying space on the shelves of supermarkets the world over — inorganic lifeless concoctions that are consumed one year after being processed.   Rwanda is a specialty coffee producer. Most beans […]

Urugo Ikivuguto is packaged in different sizes

Ikivuguto is a popular fermented milk product in Rwanda. Communities across the country have been producing ikivuguto for centuries. Elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that production of fermented milk products dates back to 10,000 B.C. There are different types of cultured milk products in the market today. These include butter, cheese, yogurt, ice […]

On our way to Akagera, we had breakfast at Urugo Restaurant

I visited Akagera National Park with a small group of fellow adventurers. We left Kigali at 5 in the morning and had breakfast at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza District. Having placed our orders the day before, Urugo Restaurant served us breakfast early and packed our takeaway lunch.   Usually, there are animals […]

Urugo’s food production unit is empowering women while supporting farmers and entrepreneurs

Urugo yogurt is produced at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza. It is distributed in hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and other outlets in the Eastern Province and Kigali. At the center, visitors can learn how the food production unit is empowering women while supporting farmers and entrepreneurs in Kayonza area and beyond.   Over the […]

There is a story behind every decorative piece of art

Art fosters creativity, creates jobs and preserves our rich cultural heritage. When you come across a painting, look at the combination of color and texture. Observe the juxtaposition of objects. Muse over shadows, shapes and dimensions. Pay attention to every little detail and you will ultimately get into the creative minds of artists.   There […]