The business of selling used shoes in Rwanda is becoming a lucrative one. Rwandans today especially youth have increasingly shown keen interest in used shoes.
Annet Wibabara, sells used shoes at Kimironko market, she says “I cannot take an office work especially now that I am enjoying profits from my business”.
In one year of selling used shoes, Wibabara has bought a plot of land and take care of the family without any difficulties.
“In one year in this kind of business, I managed to buy a plot of land, meeting my needs and the family. Basing on my experience, there’s no business like dealing in used shoe, I am making money” she said.
Apart from benefits, being your own boss is priceless as you can attend to any other issue with ease.
“Before coming to work, I take care of my family and do some chores. Even when it calls for time to relax or visit people, I always make time for it and still make sales,” she added.
Wibabara advises jobless people to start small and create jobs to achieve fast development.
Creating own job is under the government’s program (Hanga Umurimo) that aims at supporting youth to have an entrepreneurial mindset.
Hanga Umurimo (HUP) was established to unlock the youth’s potentials to run competitive and innovative enterprises in order to generate more job opportunities.
As Rwanda’s Vision 2020 seeks to generate 3.2 million off-farm jobs by 2020, the Ministry of Trade and Industry that pilots HUP says it is guided by Vision 2020 and the National policy of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to contribute to promote rapid growth of such enterprises among the Rwandan Youths.