Olive is only 24 years old but has already seen her business grow from strength to strength. What is the secret to her success? Eggs!

Olive showing off her stock


Three years ago, only 21 at the time, Olive started selling rice and vegetables at the market. Two years later she had managed to save up enough profits and take out a Kiva loan to set up her own wholesale business selling eggs.

Eggs are a staple food in Rwanda – high in nutrition, easy to cook and quick to eat – a clear winner in the eyes of the locals. Olive had hit the jackpot!

As I walked into her shop, I was taken aback – people rushing in and out with crates of eggs whilst thousands of eggs were still waiting to be sorted and sold to local businesses. And there was Olive, in the middle of all of this commotion, calmly overseeing the smooth running of her egg empire!

Egg towers


When I asked her about her plans for the future, she was as ambitious as ever: “I want to buy a car to ship the eggs and I want to build a house for my family.”

It was such an honour meeting Olive, she is a true testament to age not being a factor when it comes to dreaming big and achieving your goals! 

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