Unemployment in Rwanda is high and there are no Social Security arrangements. The situation in the capital Kigali for Rukundo, Erika, their 6 children and their extended household of 7 other adults is no exception. Just one person in the household is in full-time employment. Life can be very hard.
Rukundo is the pastor of a small but thriving church, Erika oversees the household domestic arrangements and the care of the children. She is also an enterprising and innovative woman. The diet for most people in Kigali is largely cereal-based and there is high demand for good quality wheat maize soy and similar flours. Erika has developed a process for sourcing grain, washing and milling it into high quality flour which she uses for her own extended family and supplying neighbours and friends who gladly pay for it. Due to the care that she employs, her flour is significantly better than is generally available and is highly prized by those she can serve in this way. With the help of other members of the household Erika could easily scale up the production of her flour and turn it into a family business.
There are however, a couple of problems to overcome. Life and finances are very hand to mouth, and there is never any spare money to purchase larger quantities of grain, or the equipment necessary for scaling up production. Secondly no one in the household has any real business experience.
Judith and I will visit and live with Rukundo, Erika and their extended family. We plan to bring with us sufficient funds to provide initial working capital to get the business going, including purchase of stock, equipment, packing materials, and funds to rent a market stall and get the business on its feet.
The business will employ members of the household to provide an income to the household and profits to fund business growth, the work of the church and the relief of need.
We have already worked with Rukundo and Erika to develop a business plan and budget about which they are very enthusiastic. We will take with us a basic business accounting system and show them how to keep financial records to monitor their progress and performance.
The plan is that they share this information with us after our return so we can continue to advise them and ensure the business continues profitably.
We will be leaving the UK for Rwanda on Monday 28 September and returning on Thursday, 15 October 2015
How Much Do We Need and What for?
- Stock, packaging materials and other consumable – £2000
- Scales containers and other storage equipment – £1500
- Laptop computer – £500
- Market stall rent and associated costs – £500
- Cargo motor tricycle for transportation and delivery – £2500
- Flour grinding mill – £4000
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