Total loan: $50,000


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Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda / Manufacturing

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A loan helped to purchase raw materials for her newly established factory.

Illumine's story

Illumine is an innovative and result-driven entrepreneur who runs a manufacturing company, called Polybags, that produces low-cost polypropylene bags. The company is located in Rwanda and it is one of the largest in the country that makes these woven sacks. She saw that there was a high demand for woven bags so she invested the savings made in rent from houses her and her husband own. Illumine wants to play a part in the government initiative of becoming a green economy.

The woven bags are made with reusable options to avoid plastic waste. The polypropylene bags are used for industrial packaging for rice, fertilizer, salt, beans, flour, sugar and other items transported in bulk. The big stock of raw materials that she bought with the previous loan helped the company bid for bigger tenders and acquire new clients.

The company has a clientele base that encompasses clients from Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo. She has 25 permanent staff, 35 casual staff. The period she got the previous loan, she was able to create employment for an additional 15 employees. Illumine has requested an investment of $50,000 to purchase raw materials to make strong durable woven bags that enable commerce all around the country. Illumine is aspiring to become one of the best-woven bags manufacturers in the region. She is also looking forward to continuous contribution to the community by hiring more staff.