The Silicon Valley of Africa

Developers in Kigali, Rwanda, create a technology boom in East Africa.
Sep 30, 2014·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Rwanda experienced a violent civil war between its two main ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi, that killed around 1 million citizens in 1994. Militant Hutu left the country in a state of poverty after using machetes to maim, rape, and murder civilians.

Twenty years later, survivors of the genocide are using technology to improve life in Rwanda, specifically in the capital city, Kigali. TakePart World producer Alex Stapleton visited open-innovation space K-Lab, which offers free education and an environment in which citizens can share tech ideas.

Aphrodice Mutangana created the Incike app to crowdsource money for those in need. Alex traveled with Aphrodice to meet Stephanie, a woman who lost her entire family and home in the genocide. Thanks to the Incike app, Stephanie now has a house with a kitchen and access to essentials such as food and clothing.

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