Now that we’ve found our wonderful assistant manager, the next job is to recruit the rest of the employees. After all, our opening date of 5 June is now less than a month away!
So far, ninety women from Ingoma Nshya have attended English lessons provided free of charge by Blue Marble Dreams. The next step is to pick 17 of the best – not just in terms of English proficiency, but equally their commitment, initiative and enthusiasm – for our full training programme. The Business Council for Peace (BPeace) is arriving next week to teach our potential employees the art of customer service and the basics of book-keeping, whilst also giving them a crash course on managing personal finances. After that, we’ll whittle down the 17 to a final total of just ten in time for the big opening.
To kick things off, it was time for a (friendly) grilling from our interview panel.
Many of the co-op had never been to a job interview, so beforehand we provided a few tips about what to wear, how to behave, what kind of questions to expect, and what interviewers tend to look for (good and bad). We know that not everyone we’re currently working with can get a job from Inzozi Nziza, but we hope that we’re passing on skills that will benefit anyone who has come to one of our classes.
Fully briefed and well prepared, our potential employees came to the shop for their big moment. And if that wasn’t nerve-wracking enough… it was all on camera!
Blue Marble Dreams’ pilot project is the subject of a documentary following the Inzozi Nziza concept from start to finish – and, of course, they didn’t want to miss the emotional drama of the selection process! The film-makers are due to arrive in Rwanda next week, so for the meantime we “borrowed” a cameraman from the National University of Rwanda to capture the interviews on film.
Want to know who got through to the next round? Stay tuned…!