Rwanda: Varsity graduate reaping big from urban farming

When Juvenal Kabagambe graduated from the University of Rwanda with a Bachelor’s Degree in agricultural mechanization in 2016, he thought hard about how to leverage his newly gained knowledge and skills.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur, who previously got sponsorship for training in agriculture in Israel when still at university, is now running a multi-million francs urban farming firm.

“After graduating, I had no capital. I opted for designing food gardens which I would present to households in Kigali. Whoever appreciated my products had to buy materials and then construct the food garden for them to pay me,” he said.

Kabagambe, who founded “Urban and Rural Farming Development Company,” said he started from 10 food gardens that he constructed for clients. These gradually increased.

“I would produce brochures and flyers showing how I can construct food gardens, write my contacts on them and distribute them to households in Kigali. Whoever would be interested, I would then get a job setting up food gardens for them. That is the source of the Rwf1.5 million which I spent on expanding my urban farming business,” he said.

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