Age is not a barrier in starting an Agribusiness

Sandrine Mukezinka and Ariane Kangabo are young Rwandan innovators and entrepreneurs. When they ate peanut butter for the first time at their high school, they asked the school’s headmaster: “How could we make this? We want to produce this in larger quantities, and sell it!”

The school connected them with a mentor, who helps young innovators realize their dreams. She links the students with opportunities and networks. The mentor also coaches the youth, and facilitates the projects.

For their first try-out, the girls started with coffee blend and 1 kg of groundnuts. It took them just a few minutes minutes to make peanut butter. Since then, they improved their produce and increased their production.

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Today, they both flank H.E Anastase Murekezi, The Prime Minister of Rwanda, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank,  H.E Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and H.E. Tony Roberto Nsanganira, Rwanda’s Minister of State in charge of Agriculture, at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week, explaining their project.

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