In 2008, Alissa & Josh Ruxin built Heaven – Kigali’s first international restaurant and hospitality training facility. Since then they have trained over 1000 Rwandans and expanded to two hotels and restaurants and a tour company.  At the heart of our approach is an authentic and tailored Rwandan experience delivered by an inspired team.  Everything we offer was custom-built by local craftspeople and showcases Rwandan arts, photography, experiences, and agriculture.  Our book, written by Josh, “A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda”, is available on Amazon.

Alissa & Josh Ruxin, Owners

Growing up in San Francisco surrounded by a family of health professionals, Alissa pursued a career in health after graduating from Wellesley College and earning her Masters in Public Health at Harvard.

Her passion shifted when she moved to Rwanda in 2006. Through her volunteer work with Generation Rwanda, an organization providing university scholarships for orphans, she became inspired to do something for the many Rwandan youth who found themselves unemployed and without the resources to pay for higher education.

Alissa decided to create a business offering vocational training and employment for young adults and Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel was born.

Since opening in 2008, Alissa has actively managed and trained Heaven’s staff in all areas of hospitality including customer service, culinary skills, housekeeping, security and office administration.

She enjoys spending time with her three children, long family walks on Rwanda’s beautiful hillsides, and dreaming up new ways to expand and enhance Heaven’s contribution to Rwanda.

Josh’s interest in great food and service have long been a passion, and he spends summers cooking massive multi-course dinners for his extended family and friends. During Heaven’s first years he was at various times a bartender, rear waiter, busboy, front waiter, maitre de, and executive chef.


a playground for the senses

With its enviable location in the heart of the city, two restaurants and facilities galore, Heaven Rwanda offers up endless things to do.

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Heaven is helping Rwanda develop its most important resource: its people.
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Supporting hundreds of farmers, suppliers, artisans, and technicians.
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Investing in future hospitality leaders since 2008.

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