Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
BANANA FLOUR GROUP
Explain your project in details:
I started to work in agribusiness sector in 2018, after the entrepreneurship training with incubator program. Now we process banana into bakery flour to solve the problem of rural farmers by getting market which help also to creating employments . In order to meet the company needs, I searched 17 skilled youth, with different backgrounds and experiences. We need also to attract support by partenering and mobilizing rural farmers in CIBITOKE, BUBANZA and GITEGA to work in associations, get trained on how to cultivate banana in modern way , using natural fibre manure, so that we buy from them good products. They get more tasks to perform and then in return, they perform and gain more revenues. In the long run, we plan to start selling at regional level and later at international level. We will be providing jobs to youth and it will reduce the unemployment rate, considerably. We are also showing and inspiring other youth to work together with the few amount they can get and together with the common objective, they will be job providers and no longer seekers.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
24tons have been sold, I trained and mentored 87 farmers bout the modern technics of cultivating banana, as a result, 2 cooperatives of 42 farmers have been created the farmers to cultivate such enorm quantity of our raw material for they are sure we' ll buy from them.This banana is used in two main things: It can be consummed as any other food (fries, or just cook) but especially to produce prohibited alcohol that is illegaly sold and consummed. This has killed people or making them ill. With our idea, we plan to reduce constantly the quantity to be used in prohibited alcohol but also to be damaged. It will stop and impact in one way or another those who were consumming them:We need to be human bodies' protectors. It will improve the way of living of farmers, who will produce to sell at good price, but also those who are indirectly impacted by our innovation and gain more revenues. They also have families to nourrish, to educate, to wear and to help in other needs.We know people need money to survive: They use skills they have that are updated regularly, and they can now get money after we buy from them.
Sustainability and future plans
We started to search for funds, sponsors and investors after We realized that the project is not only very profitable, but also can save millions of lives and help to reduce unemployment rate to youth. The rate of active youth who are not employed is 65% in my country.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
With 24 years old, Landry is talented young man with vast skills' wealth, knowldege and techniques in entrepreneurship, leadership skills, personal management, creative and critical thinking. Landry' s a quick learner, good listener and adapt quickly. In 2018, Landry was selected among 600 applicants to participate in intensive Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Conflict Resolution training with courses with incubation programmes which inspired him to start BANANA FLOUR GROUP. Landry' s working on SDGs goals 1and3 that are respectively No Poverty and Good Health. Its mission is to provide nutritious food, support healthy but also create jobs. We need to provide as many jobs as possible to unemployed youth, sell healthy products but also train youth in business preparation and development and impact the country". We have already suppliers from different regions of the country who provide us the raw material. The leadership roles started at early stage. In 2014, Landry was nominated as class representative and the following year, Students Dean. Landry was awarded a certificate of GOOD LEADER in August 2016 for He helped to stand for the student' s interest.