Saturday, finally, on the field. First visit in Rutenderi, Gatsibo District,
Rwandan Eastern Province. The road and the landscape are beautiful! Cultivated hills and fields
everywhere, fed by a dark and red soil rich of minerals, where here and there you can see, from distance,
brown smalls houses, made by the same soil that feeds the plantations. 2.5 million people live in the
province and 90% of them are working, obviously, in agriculture with a daily income of 2 Euros per family.
Rutenderi is one of those villages up on these green dazzle hills…the nature is so luxuriant!
When we reached Rutenderi PV plant, the first site we chose for the visit, we were welcomed by a large
group of children surrounding the PV plant…they were looking at us with eyes full of curiosity and smiles
that transmitted all their joy…soon as we went out from the site and we started to walk into the village to
see some of the households connected to the grid, the group of children surrounding the plant started to
follow us and fighting between them to hold our hands…and the youngers were the most hardened…that
was so funny…and at the same time they transmitted to us so much energy…this was the best part of the
day and let us realize why and the importance to be here…be here and work, in particular, for the young
generation…for those children that form now, for example will be able to study at night…that from now will
be able to live a brighter future!
This first visit was not a simple visit, because with us were the Board members of ECDL (you already know
them, I told you who they are in my last narrations…do not you remember? Let’s read again the previous
episodes). They came in an official visit to evaluate the status of our projects, they high standards we
applied and to meet people from the communities. The result? They were really satisfied with the work we
have done there and with the impact and the change we are bringing to the people!
How was the visit for us? It was even more positive than it was for the people from ECDL. Who was the
most excited? Of course…Alberto! He was very happy to see the concrete results of AE’s work and the
tangible positive change on local people life, to meet the local employees and he enjoyed so much playing
with the children…he was another child among them.
What about me? What I can say…this visit energize and psyched up me so much that I want come back