Cephas Nshimyumuremyi says to be successful is to do what you knowImage credit: CNN
“Don’t think that you need a lot of capital. Start with a little, but use the knowledge and the environment that you already have.”
- Entrepreneur: Cephas Nshimyumuremyi
- Business: Uburanga
- Website: uburanga.com
- Start-up story: Cephas Nshimyumuremyi used his salary from teaching to fund his venture.
- Growth: In seven months his business was worth R280 000 the equivalent of Rwf14 million.
Cephas Nshimyumuremyi always wanted to be an entrepreneur but he knew his teaching salary wasn’t going to be enough to fulfil his dreams.
He saw a business opportunity when he became aware that the Rwandan people were attempting to use local plants for skin infections and to improve skin quality.
Nshimyumuremyi decided to use his science background and his knowledge of Rwanda’s local plants to create his company, Uburanga Products to create herbal smearing jellies and soaps out of local medicinal plants. He started his production line in his garage.
His products filled a need in the market because Rwandans were already using these plants in its raw form. As a result, Nshimyumuremyi created a more versatile and user-friendly product that he could distribute around the country. He wanted the benefits from the properties of these medicinal plants to reach a larger audience.
Today the venture is worth R432 000 and he employs 12 workers. In the next three years Nshimyumuremyi plans to release a further eight products. This will give him a total of 12 products and make him a profit of R834 000, this may not seem a lot in rand but in Rwandan Francs it’s roughly Rwf45 million.