We rolled out the red carpet................ The tape-cutting.......................... The cake-cutting..
On Friday, June 12th, the Muhanga Branch was opened. The tape-cutting was done together by the Rwandan Minister of Finance, the Governor of Southern Province and the Mayor of Muhanga District. Normally, these government officials would not be attending a bank branch opening, but they were in the Muhanga District to celebrate the Southern Province's "Tax Payors Day." Our branch opening was part of the government program.
Our own ceremony was cut short because I had to attend the official ceremony and celebration that was held at the regional stadium. But we prayed to the Lord before the tape cutting ceremony and praised Him for His gracious provision. More than a dozen clients also attended and celebrated the opening together. It was a blessing!
The Muhanga Branch is the second rural branch that we have opened in 2009. At this location, the deposit branch and credit office are located together. Thus, it will house five branch stff and 10 credit staff. It is an important and strategic location. Moreover, it will als serve the needs of Karongi New Market Office and possibly of the Nyanza EBU (four offices).
Muhanga, formerly known as Gitarama, is a strategic city that connects all transportation roads from the east (Kigali) to the west (Karongi or f.k.a. Kibuye) and from the south (Huye or f.k.a. Butare) to the north (Ruvabu or f.k.a. Gisenyi). You can easily notice much construction work is under way.