But although starting required capital and dedication which at her age required a lot of saving, Clarrissa Murekatete, didn’t not give up but rather start with the little she had to make her dream come true.
And these ambitions saw her smile as she bagged Rwf2.5 million during a grand finale of the business project competitions that also saw six projects competing for top three cash prizes.
“This is another shot to expand my business so that I can produce more to meet the demand,” said the 22 year old entrepreneur who makes cookies and pastries from sweet potatoes.
Murekatete says that the challenge she has been facing like other young entrepreneurs is enough capital to purchase equipment that would ease processing as well as improve the quality of products.
“I have been producing using manual methods, but now with this money I will be able to buy machines to help me in processing,” the jolly Murekatete noted.
Other winners included, Amani Twagirayezu who became second with his children’s food processing business from fish who received Rwf2 million while Clementine Mushimiyimana who rears Japanese quail became third taking home Rwf1.5m.
The competitions organized by DOT Rwanda in partnership with Rwanda Development Board and several stakeholders saw 16,000 young entrepreneurs from 15 districts pitch their business projects.
Rosemary Mbabazi, permanent secretary in the ministry of youth and ICT urged youth to have financial discipline in order to make their dreams come true through setting up their own businesses.
“So you have to have discipline with money and don’t rush to become rich in a short time,” she said.
The competition according to Violet Uwamutara, country director for DOT Rwanda is aligned with the government initiatives aimed at promoting job creation and entrepreneurship.