RWANDA : The Land of 1000 Hills

 

Poster of President Paul Kagame in a fabric shop

Poster of President Paul Kagame in a fabric shop

The drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri, the location of National Volcano Forest, the home of the mountain gorillas, exposed the green beauty of the Reandan countryside. Every inch of the Rwandan mountains is cultivated into fields of potatoes, beans, banana trees. It’s a gorgeous sight.

Every inch of the Rwandan mountains is cultivated into fields of potatoes , beans, banana trees.

Every inch of the Rwandan mountains is cultivated into fields of potatoes , beans, banana trees.

There is no labor-saving farm equipment, so tilling is done by pitchfork and hoe by men and women alike. All of them have walked up and down the hills to reach the fields of their labor, carrying their implements.

Everyone travels by foot or bicycle in Rwanda. There are virtually no private cars outside of the city. Anything that is transported is done so on one’s head or bike including 40 lb sacks of potatoes or charcoal, building equipment or bricks. I have not seen any fat people!

 

–Lida

Hanky Panky CEO, Lida Orzeck is currently in Kigali, Rwanda with the International Organization for Women and Development, a medical humanitarian organization that brings volunteer surgeons and nurses to operate and care for women who suffer from obstetric fistula, and at the same time, train local surgeons in these surgical skills.

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Over 30 years ago, in 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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