We operate in communities where there is little or no support for young students and entrepreneurs from local government or the private sector. In this way we hope to make a positive difference where it’s needed most.
“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.
“I can face anything in this life with self-confidence”
Sitting serenely amongst the chaos of the bustling newsroom, 21-year-old Payam Sarbast is unique. She is the youngest news reporter at Rudaw, one of the fastest growing news channels in the Middle East, while just a year ago she had no job, no work experience and no confidence.
“We are the ones creating the fundamentals for stability and growth”
Mahmud won a SPARK business plan competition with his business, J-Palm, and received access to finance. His company uses a no-waste manufacturing process to create a range of affordable, organic palm oil-based skin and hair care products. The palm kernels are then utilised to make a wood charcoal alternative.