University graduate enjoying urban farming

When Juvenal Kabagambe graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural mechanization from the University of Rwanda in 2016, he thought a lot about how to take advantage of his newly acquired knowledge and skills.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur, who previously secured a sponsorship for agricultural training in Israel while still at university, now runs a multimillion-franc urban farming business.

“After my studies, I had no capital. I opted for the design of vegetable gardens that I would present to households in Kigali. Whoever liked my products had to buy materials and then build the vegetable garden so that they would pay me,” he said.

Kabagambe, who founded the ‘Urban and Rural Agriculture Development Company’, said he started from 10 vegetable gardens he built for his clients. These gradually increased.

“I produced brochures and leaflets showing how I can build vegetable gardens, wrote my contacts on them and distributed them to households in Kigali. Anyone who would be interested, I would then find a job creating vegetable gardens for them. This is the source of the Rwf 1.5 million I spent to develop my urban farming business,” he said.

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