Women’s Day special: Rural women tell stories of success

Acquisition of expertise and dedication are ingredients to profitability Valerie Mukakanazi, 42, a resident of Rugendabari sector, is now recognized as an outstanding entrepreneur because of her rare talent and initiative. She personally hired a specialist from Kenya to teach her how to make paints, oils and soap and after gaining these skills, she established a micro-scale plant and an association of 17.
Valerie Mukakanazi,
Valerie Mukakanazi,

Acquisition of expertise and dedication are ingredients to profitability

Valerie Mukakanazi, 42, a resident of Rugendabari sector, is now recognized as an outstanding entrepreneur because of her rare talent and initiative. She personally hired a specialist from Kenya to teach her how to make paints, oils and soap and after gaining these skills, she established a micro-scale plant and an association of 17.

All the houses in the northern part of Muhanga district have been painted with her products and she has a big market in the district despite the fact that she lacks proper equipment to make quality products to compete effectively in the region. 

With various training sessions on project management and entrepreneurship, she has also entered into transforming beehive residues into candles. However, this project has also been impeded by lack of equipment.

She earns a living and manages to educate her children out of her projects and advises other women to create demand based projects by embarking on unique undertakings.

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