Young refugee entrepreneurs in Mahama camp

Following the coronavirus pandemic (COVID -19), several measures were put in place, including those affecting the work of some, to combat the disease. The incomes of many have been severely affected. The nature and extent of the restrictions mainly affected non-essential activities and work had to be done at home or if work could not be done remotely, then the losses were even greater. Since 4 May, the work has somehow returned to normal and the young refugees supported by Maison Shalom in their education are taking this opportunity to raise themselves and their small businesses to the next level. Here are a few stories of determined young refugees who are doing an excellent job with their small businesses even though they still face some difficulties: RUGEMINTWAZA Onesphore, who graduated in finance from UNILAK in 2019, runs a small money transfer business (Mobile money), where he also charges phones for individuals and sells a few other items. He has been in this business for 8 months. As constraints, he does not have enough electrical equipment in relation to the demand (1 solar plate and 1 battery). NTEZIMANA Théogène, graduated in agriculture at the University of Kibungo in 2018, he has a small field where he grows vegetables on the banks of the Akagera river. His main constraint is the absence of a motor pump to irrigate his field. NSHIMIRIMANA Aléxandre, trained in shoemaking at the Elite Centre, class of 2019, has a workshop ("Ejo heza") with his 3 peers. The shortage of material due to a small capital is one of their constraints. BIGIRIMANA Samuel, trained in Plastic Arts, class of 2018, makes crafts in his house where he lives with his three friends. They have been in business for 2 months. As a constraint, they lack adequate space where they can exhibit their products and attract as many customers as possible. We congratulate these young entrepreneurs who continue to inspire us and succeed against all odds.