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Our team

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Micheline Thienpont

Owner and Business Developer

Micheline worked for 10 years as a journalist in Brussels before flying to Dubai. There, she headed the Middle East Solar Industry Association for 10 years. La Fromagerie is her 3rd life!

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John van Zuylen

Financial Advisor

After an MBA in Chicago, John joined the BCG (Boston Consulting Group) in Dubai. He is now following his passion for solar energy and leading various projects in Rwanda. Always open to multiple challenges, he joined La Fromagerie as a financial advisor.

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Boniface

QA - QC (Quality Assurance - Quality Control)

A graduate of the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Boniface is in charge of quality control of everything that enters and leaves the Fromagerie. He is also attentive on a daily basis to respecting hygiene throughout the cheese-making process.

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Apollo Kabahizi

Strategic advisor

Apollon is serial entrepreneur!

Talented architect and building contractor with Ifuga, he is also active in the field of solar energy in Rwanda with Izuba. He adds a string to his bow with La Fromagerie.

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Daniel Cloots

Conseiller Fromagerie / Production

Daniel is the head of the "fromagerie du Gros Chêne" in Belgium and has agreed to share his 40 years of experience with us. His help at Bumbogo and remotely is crucial to improving our products and answering our questions. He remains THE master cheesemaker at "La Fromagerie"!

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Peter

Master Cheesemaker

Pierre joined “la Fromagerie” in the very early days. He is now our cheese expert. He knows all the details on how to make cheese as perfect as possible. He is always challenging himself to improve what he does.

He has been trained by the best experts and his reliability is making him a respected member of the team.

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Vedaste

Cheese maker assistant

Védaste alias "Mushi" knew nothing about the art of making cheese but he had a fierce desire to learn. His calm and his seriousness are unanimous. Everyone knows they can count on him. It is the quiet strength of the workshop!

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Pierre

Goat Welfare Manager

Pierre is a child of Nyabikenke, Bumbogo. He started out delivering fodder and quickly fell in love with goats. Their well-being is his priority, he listens to them and understands their needs.

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Elisabeth

Packaging Assistant

Elisabeth is the latest addition to the team. She assists Solange brilliantly. At 46, she lives in Bumbogo with her 3 children. Originally from Rutsiro, she is proud to be able to take on the life of her family thanks to her conscientious work on the farm.

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Felicien

Security Officer

Félicien participated in the construction of the farm in Bumbogo. He is from Kagugu in Kigali and is a mason by training. He likes life in the open air and feels better in the countryside. Although his role is to guard the place, he is very interested in the life of the goats.

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Patrick

Herd Manager

Patrick is originally from Rubavu district and has joined La Fromagerie at the beginning of the adventure. He knows each goat perfectly and learn how to take care of them thanks his reading and the veterinaries he met. He is a big fan of rap music and share this passion with the goats! His radio is never far!

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Solange

Packaging Manager

Solange, known as Soso, lives in Bumbogo and is very active in the women's community. She took her full part in building the farm. She has been part of the team since day one and her good sense of humour is communicative.

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Alphonse

Hygiene Manager

Alphonse has been part of the team since day one. Very involved and attentive to the cleanliness of the workshop, he pays particular attention to the hygiene of the equipment. A crucial point for the success of a quality cheese.

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Evariste & Aimé

Drivers / Delivery boys

Evariste and Aimé joined us during the second confinement to be able to deliver the cheeses in Kigali. Thanks to them and their impressive knowledge of the city, all packages arrive safely in less time than it takes to tell!

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