Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
As an example of my entrepreneurial achievement, in 2011-2013 I have planted 500 tomato trees (Tamarillo fruits/Japanese plum) in my farm in Kaniga and encouraged 30 surrounding farmers to plant theirs (200 per each) where I have provided nurseries and their harvest was bought under contract with buyers from Kigali City and this made those farmers gain more incomes (each tree providing $1 a month during 6 months of harvest period). My net profit was $12,500 and from that moment the area has discovered that Tamarillo fruits are better to grow for their economic return and up to now, I am providing 30,000 fruit trees to them and others because the project has expanded to the entire sector (Kaniga-Gicumbi-Northern Province).
When I was setting up Kizinga farm Project on distributing Tamarillo nurseries to farmers, I have has tried them in my own farm and got positive response from their production capacity. But when I was approaching farmers, my idea was not accepted at the first time because I was targeting 100 farmers and they refused. My system was to sell to them but after they refused to buy from me, I changed my model and had an agreement with them to give them seedlings and do a technical support and then being paid when they harvest. Using this model, I have received 30 of the 100 previously targeted. Today, the request is for more than 100,000 but my present capacity is only 30,000 seedlings.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
This project will need to partner with the University of Rwanda to offer internships to their Agricultural and Environmental studies students. We shall also need advisers and mentors to coach us along the way to help us reach far in creating the impact.