Non-profit Founder and President John Gasangwa flew around the world from Rwanda, Africa to visit us here in Spokane in July. His ministry is Arise Rwanda Ministries and is based in Kigali but operates out of Boneza.
Spokane was just one of many different cities that he visited while here in the US over the summer working with his board of directors and donors.
We found ourselves behind the scenes filming at Shine 104.9 and KMBI Moody Radio. The next day we captured a few interviews with John including one with Marchauna Rodgers from CRU in Spokane.
These two interviews were a lot of fun and both went really well. You can listen to the Lorenda Rae Shine 104.9 Radio Interview here:
John’s story is one of sadness, hope, sacrifice and joy. At the age of 12 he survived the genocide of 1994, and made it through refugee camps and ultimately received his MBA from Colorado Sate University. He has since been involved in the coffee business in addition to founding and running Arise Rwanda Ministries. This is a ministry that works in the areas of clean water, education and micro finance.
In John’s case he is helping and serving over 2000 people who are located in the lakeside community of Boneza, Rwanda, Africa.
Micro finance as you may or may not know is how tens of thousands of people are able to operate their own businesses in the developing countries of the world.
Organizations like Kiva.org, Opportunity International and World Vision have been at the forefront of micro-finance. And John at one time years ago worked for World Vision in Rwanda.
For more information about John and what he is doing in Rwanda, with Arise Rwanda Ministries, and how you can connect with him, visit AriseRwanda.org.