Alissa Ruxin, an American with a masters in public health, was looking for a job in Africa--because Africa has overwhelming public health needs, she thought--but she found a kitchen opportunity instead. With no background in the hospitality industry, she and her husband Josh started Heaven Bar and Restaurant near the commercial center of Kigali, Rwanda, in the Kiyovu neighborhood.

Here, food is just one of many priorities. Also on the list: boost the economy, support tourism, and create jobs with livable wages and healthcare for orphans and other vulnerable youth. Not only does the concept and setting sound beautiful--a large terrace overlooking hilly Kigali decorated with hand-made furniture from Rwandan artisans--but the menu looks tasty too. Pumpkin squash soup, charcoal slow-roasted aubergine with yogurt and browned butter, dry-rubbed barbecued pork ribs.

Now, after opening four months ago, Heaven is looking for a head chef and manager. Feel like going to Rwanda? Ruxin is fine with short or long-term time commitments, and promises that Rwanda is safe, peaceful, and ready to rebuild post-genocide. If interested, email heavenrwanda@gmail.com.


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