Encouragement for Women
Michaella Rugwizangoga’s job is to implement the strategy for Rwanda and to refine it in years to come. She set up the team that was trained for the start of production in Kenya.
“We are really impressed by the speed that our mechanics are learning. We are right on schedule,” Michaella Rugwizangoga said after having her picture taken with her employees. She worked with a start-up in Kigali to develop the app that customers use to order the services. “We are looking for more talented people, and we have one of the world’s best universities here.”
The fact that a woman holds such a high position may be unusual in other African countries. But not in Rwanda. “The Bank of Kigali has a woman as CEO, and RwandAir also has a female CEO,” Rugwizangoga said. More than 60 percent of the members of Rwanda's Parliament are women as well – a level that Germany cannot come close to reaching. “Sharing power is part of our culture,” Rugwizangoga explained. The government is also working hard to encourage women to enter technical jobs and study technical subjects, she added. She initially studied engineering at the university in Kigali for a year. She then received a scholarship and continued her studies in Germany. She is now working to set up the automotive industry in Rwanda.
“This is something very special for the people of Rwanda,” Festus Tuyiringire said. The 42-year-old man leads the vehicle-assembly team and was standing outside of the gate of Volkswagen plant after the event. The president and the other guests had already left. “We are creating something here, for ourselves and for our future,” Tuyiringire added. And what do his friends and family have to say about his job of building German cars in Rwanda? “They are really happy to see things get started,” Tuyiringire said. His colleagues nodded in agreement. They can hardly wait.