Niyomugaba Pierre, a resident of Nyamagabe District who presented the project was awarded Rwf 7.5 million and shares in the Capital Market Authority (CMA) with a value of Rwf 1.5 million.
The three projects that followed were awarded Rwf 5 million each with the second contestant winning an additional Rwf 1.3 million shares in CMA, the third Rwf 1.2 million shares and the fourth Rwf 1 million shares. Niyomugaba Pierre also received a brand new Positivo BGH laptop.
The awards were given on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 as part of the annual National Dialogue ‘Umushyikirano2019’.
YouthConnekt this year, brought together more than 3000 Rwandan youth from across the country at Intare Conference Arena.
Niyomugaba has founded ‘Natural Harvest’, a firm specialized in the cultivation of lemongrass, eucalyptus, patchouli, and geranium which he uses in making perfumes and repellents for insects including termites, cockroaches, bedbugs and mosquitoes.
“For farmers who face the problem of termites that damage crops, the oil I make works as an insecticide and is efficient in repelling all types of insects. The oil is mixed with water to fight against insects such as cockroaches and bedbugs.”
To prepare a liter of eucalyptus-based oil, he uses 50 kilograms of eucalyptus leaves. In one day, he produces 20 liters valued at Rwf 52,000 while Patchouli oil costs Rwf 90,000.
The second prize was rewarded to a group of people that created a networking website for employers and job seekers and the third went to makers of chairs and tables from old tires. The fourth prize was won by a fashion designer.
The four projects won at the national level after competing and winning at the district level. Each was awarded Rwf 1.5 million.
Since the launch of YouthConnekt in 2012, more than 20,000 youths from across the country have attended including more than 505 who have been trained in entrepreneurship.
So far, 180 youths have been awarded during YouthConnekt competitions and were financially supported to implement their projects.