819 young people completed experiential learning courses in different agribusiness value chains
Through the Rural Youth Employment Support (R-YES) project named Menya Wigire in Kinyarwanda, 819 young people from 16 districts of Rwanda received certificates of competence in milk handling and processing, Farm Tractor Operation and maintenance, Dairy Cow Artificial Insemination, meat processing, vegetable production and processing, irrigation and cold chain management and Animal Feeds formulation and Production, in the graduation event of the R-YES second cohort.
In difference testimonies of the youth who received experiential learning courses shared a story of their journey of training under R-YES program, Munyabugingo Sylver said he produces and earns more after undergoing training. “Before I produced fruits & vegetables in Kayonza District but didn’t earn much. But now I practice agriculture as a business. I see that I am earning more than I earned before”. Tungineza Mwenedata Adalbert from Nyagatare District, encouraged his fellow youth to know what they want and fight to achieve it. His currently employed at Zirakamwa Meza Dairy & is proud of what his learning at the job that he got after requesting for an additional internship period than planned by the project and later was employed by the company.
This graduation ceremony has been held in 16 districts where the R-YES project operates, in Rwamagana District in his opening remarks Mr. Radjab Mbonyumuvunyi, Mayor of Rwamagana District, urged youth to focus on Agribusiness opportunities through building technical skills.
RYAF CEO thanked the youth who completed experiential learning courses in different agribusiness value chains for changing their mindset on agribusiness and concluded his remarks by urging them to use the skills gained from R-YES project as well as learning to save money and cooperating with financial institutions.
In city of Kigali, 10 youth with hearing impairments received certificates of competence in milk handling & processing at the Masaka Creamery ltd, RYAF team, the Kilimo Trust and IFAD team Participated in the RYES Graduation2023 ceremony held at Masaka Creamery ltd.
Since March 2022, a total of 819 youth from 16 rural districts have been directly supported by R-YES project under the funds of IFAD and BMZ to undergo technical and experimental learning through Rwanda Polytechnic (Integrated Polytechnic and Regional College (IPRCs)), Rwanda TVET Board Schools and Agribusiness companies /Industries.
R-YES Project has so far created 1535 jobs for youth (760 Female and 775 Male) with 207 in self-employment.