Meet Cephas Nshimyumuremyi, a teacher and entrepreneur

Meet Cephas Nshimyumuremyi, a teacher and entrepreneur

Cephas Nshimyumuremyi says teachers should make use of their knowledge

Cephas Nshimyumuremyi, residence of Muhoza sector in Musanze District owns a firm that produces smearing jelly made out of plants available in the District. Muhoza is also a teacher Kabaya Secondary School.

In a period of only seven months after starting the project with his meager monthly salary, his capital is worth Rwf15 Million.

Nshimiyimana who did education in the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) realized that his salary as a teacher was not enough to sustain his developmental dreams.

“I have a salary of Rwf90, 000 which is too little for my needs, as a professional teacher I decided to make use of the lessons I learnt in sciences and use plants to make jelly that is desirable to all.” He said

Nshimyumuremyi knew that many traditional Rwandans used plants for health skins and decided to make a research on these plants.

“In 2010, I started thinking of how I can make use of these plants in modern ways.” Nshimyumuremyi narrated.

He later got problems with expensive laboratory until he found support from Rwanda Development Board (RDB).

The 26 year old started the project with Rwf80, 000 and bought some of the materials from Uganda. The project is now ‘Uburanga Product Ltd’ and employs 9 permanent workers.

“In the 7 months I have been working on this project, I have capital of about Rwf5 Million in Additional to Rwf10 Million I got as a credit from Umwalimu Savings and Credit Cooperative I used to buy the place I operate in.”

Only 7 months of operation, ‘Uburanga Product Ltd’ produces about four products on the market including Uburanga Herbal Jelly, Uburanga Herbal Soap, Uburanga Vaseline and Uburanga Glycerin.

Cephas Nshimyumuremyi targets to produce 12 products in the next three years and to make Rwf45million profit.

He calls upon teachers to learn how to make the most of their knowledge and their little salaries. This way, students will learn to love what they are taught finding their lessons very usiful in real life.

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