Over twenty five years after the devastating genocide, Rwanda has made remarkable progress. However, around 68% of the population is employed in agriculture at a predominantly subsistence level. Rwanda’s 2020 vision aims to create 200,000 ‘off-farm’ jobs annually for (mostly) youth. SPARK has been contributing to this goal by making growth-orientated agribusiness entrepreneurs out of subsistence farmers. We support the creation of agricultural cooperatives, provide training for entrepreneurs and develop local value chains.

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“Software to stop the spread”

Pacifique and his team noticed that many people still often use physical registration (writing using a pen and paper) when checking into hotels or signing up for goods and services. They came up with a plan to remove physical touch-points for consumers in order to limit the spread of the virus from person to person.

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“Special delivery! Entrepreneur finds new ways to reach his customers”

Regis Umugiraneza, a 29-year-old Agribusiness graduate, had recently launched his company’s most successful product, Vitabread - a soft bread made from sweet potato. Umungiraneza was supplying over twenty five supermarkets around Rwanda with his bread until the lockdown.

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“Be patient, be persistent and make sure your business is valuable”

Regis Umugiraneza, a 29-year-old Agribusiness graduate, grew up surrounded by fields of sweet potato. He was four years old when the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi population claimed the lives of his father, sister and many other family members.

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Opening pathways to employment

  • 13669
    Youth Trained
  • 746
    MSMEs Supported
  • 348
    Businesses Created
  • 2904
    Jobs Created