Total loan: $25,375

Jean Marie Vianney

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Gatsibo, Eastern Province, Rwanda / Agriculture

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Jean Marie Vianney's story

Jean Marie Vianney is a 61-year-old entrepreneur who retired from his full-time job and decided to use his family land for chili farming. He started farming for the sole purpose of encouraging Made in Rwanda exports and also providing jobs in his hometown.

In 2017, Jean Marie Vianney started cultivating chili, where in one quarter he can harvest 3,000 tons that he supplies to different districts in Rwanda. In 2019, he secured contracts to supply to India and China. He has hired 10 permanent and 30 casual staff. 70% of the staff are women living in Bugesera district. Jean Marie Vianney’s main clients are wholesalers and local factories in Bugesera, Musanze, and Nyamagabe.

He would like a loan to purchase seeds of high yielding varieties with tolerance to pests and diseases. He would also like to purchase different supplies such as organic fertilizers, sprayers, hose pipes and water pipes. This will increase his productivity level and will also enable him to hire 15 more staff to work in fields.

He believes this loan will be a tremendous support to his business but most importantly, encourage the growth of Made in Rwanda products and job creation.