Benie Ange IRADUKUNDA was born in Rusizi District, muganza sector, she studied agriculture at university of Rwanda (Busogo campus); while Charlotte BANKUNDIYE was born in Gasabo district, Bumbogo sector, and studied Agroforestry at the university of Rwanda. Both started farming 2019.
“After getting an opportunity of professional internship in Israel, we come back with different skills, we did not go to look for job rather we immediately rented land in Bugesera district and we starting chili and French beans farming” Ange Benie and Charlotte said.
One of the reason that motivated them to rent land in Bugesera district which is different from their residence district was “a friend who shown them a good area which is close to Kigali and with presence of water for irrigation because the land is near a small lake called Rumira. Immediately they decided living and working there”.
The main challenges that they faced when they started the farming projects was lack of insufficient equipment such as quality water pump, pesticides .., all these challenges prevented them from doing professional farming.
After receiving grants from UNDP through MINAGRI, it helped them to boost their businesses, such as expanding area from 2 Ha to 3Ha both of them, and both purchasing water pump generators.
They thank UNDP through MINAGRI for this grant which helped in lifting up their projects, improving their livelihoods, and sensitizing other youth to start doing agribusiness as a way to reduce unemployment.
From RYAF Communication