Jean Pierre Sangwa
Jean Pierre Sangwa, 24
Jean Pierre Sangwa, 24, is employed as a showroom technician at Artsoft Ltd. The business is owned by Roger Ntaganzwa who was a Grow Movement client mentored by Radu Mihail from Romana
Since graduating from secondary school with a diploma in computer sciences, Artsoft Ltd is the third place Sangwa has worked. However, his previous posts only earned him a very low salary.
Since working for Artsoft, his salary is now enough to pay his monthly expenses and save for projects.
So far, he has paid to construct a house for his mother back in her village and also bought a cow for her.
Business challenges and objectives of the project
Fred’s big ambition was to increase from 100 birds to 30,000, and to eventually own a feed mill as well. Taku and Fred worked together on a plan of how to make this dream come true using small incremental steps. Taku wanted help Fred move from being a dreamer to an operational entrepreneur. On Taku’s advice Fred wrote a business plan and started to have real clarity of vision on how to achieve his dream.
Fred says that Taku was a real support during this time, but they lost touch in 2013.However Taku’s sound advice stayed with him, and he says that it gave him the courage in his business. He entered into another programme (the Rwanda Business Accelerator Programme), and found three investors.
Due to the business planning skill, Fred was able to articulate his vision and modify the business model. Instead of selling eggs to the local community, he now breeds and sells the birds themselves. He sells the owners feed and services for the birds as a package, and makes an agreement with them to buy the eggs back and sell them at the market. Fred said, he was connected by Grow movement to the Rwanda accelerator program run by Educat (Grow Movement partner organization in Rwanda) for investment opportunities. Through the same programme three investors came on board and facilitated expansion and diversification. To date the business is building at a steady rate, and he was able to take on two new employees, an accountant and a stock manager.
The Impact on Jean
“After getting this job, my life changed for the better.”