Radio Isangano was established on 30 April 2011. It is located in Rubengera sector, Karongi District on the Western province of Rwanda, approximately 150 km from Kigali, the capital city. According to the District Development Plan 2013-2018, Karongi is among the highest populated density with 334 persons per square kilometer and the demographic growth with average annual growth rate of 1.7 %. It is also listed among the top three districts with a poverty rate of 61.7% and extreme poverty rate of 39.8%. Radio Isangano 89.4 FM originates from the aspiration of Karongi District residents for a diversified source of information and desire for a platform for the promotion of good governance.
The radio was set up with the main objective of encouraging the production and development of information by promoting self-development and self-management initiatives of local communities. It has become a podium for once silent talents, a stage that promotes on the ground local artists. The station is highly important because it has become a “voice for the voiceless” and a platform for good governance.
Isangano presence has been felt over the last four years as the radio interactively engages and empowers the community through programs and services contributing to quality educational, social and economic development of citizens and constitutes also a development space that is used for dialogue, consultation and permanent flow of information among communities, partners and grassroots organizations.
Below are key issues of local concern in the areas of health, agriculture, and social cohesion for listeners of Radio Isangano that it is helping to address:
- Maternal health care including family planning
- HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support
- Health insurance, especially community health insurance
- Land use consolidation
- Mechanization and Modernization of agricultural production
- Agricultural extension services
- Respect and tolerance amongst community members
- Promotion of peace and unity through the use of Mass media
- Teaching children unity and reconciliation