Repairing bikes on the market
Rulenge is a small village with about 3500 inhabitants in the northwest of Tanzania, more precisely in the Ngara District, close to the border with Burundi and Rwanda. From Ngara, the next bigger town, Rulenge is about 45 kilometres away. In the Tanzanian highlands of the Kagera region, the village is comparatively rural.
In 2014 Rulenge was provided with a central water and electricity supply, but the majority of households cannot afford it.
Due to poverty, the standard of education in Rulenge is also very low. Most families do not have enough income to enable their children to attend a higher school. The economy of Rulenge is mainly based on agriculture: Plantains, manioc and a variety of fruits and vegetables are grown.
Colourful market activity on saturday
Important medium for transportation: the bicycle
There is a Catholic hospital in Rulenge, but patients who cannot afford the treatment costs are often turned away here. In order to improve the situation of these people, a health fund was set up by Kivuko e.V. The long-term goal is to provide adequate health care to all needy people in Rulenge.