Total loan: $450


Nyagatare, Eastern Province, Rwanda / Manufacturing

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A loan helped to purchase larger quantities of raw materials mainly timber and varnish to meet the needs of his customers.

Nepomuscene's story

Nepomuscene is a refugee who has been living in Rwanda since he and his family fled violence in the Congo in 2008. Today, Nepomuscene is married and has four children, all of whom still live in a refugee camp.

Through his previous job as an employee of the American Refugee Committee, Nepomuscene managed to save enough capital to purchase tools to start his own business.

In 2010, Nepomuscene used his skills and education to start a small carpentry business. He has a keen understanding of carpentry gained through different trainings and has secured a customer base inside and outside the refugee camp.

Nepomuscene's business plays an important role in his life and has improved his entire family’s livelihoods by ensuring they have a balanced diet, clothing and he has the ability to provide other opportunities for his family.

His carpentry produces a number of furniture items including chairs, tables with high rotations, cupboards, beds and other custom-ordered furniture. He has hired one permanent employee and often hires extra help when the demand is there.

A loan to Nepomuscene will help him to purchase larger quantities of raw materials, mainly timber and varnish, to meet the needs of his customers.