SAMUEL NIYOMUGABO, Kigali Farms Limited, Rwanda
With button mushrooms, Kigali Farms has pioneered the introduction of a new product in Kigali and other urban centres, giving the market a new highly-nutritious, high-quality edible product that consumers can trust. Oyster mushroom substrate sales for rural farmers also remains a pillar of the business strategy. In 2016, Kigali Farms sold oyster substrate to over 1,700 farmers. 35% of the oyster mushrooms produced by those farmers are estimated to have been consumed by the households, with the remaining 65% being sold to family and neighbours as an additional source of income.
"OUR WORK WITH LOCAL FARMERS MOTIVATES ME EVERY DAY. KIGALI FARMS HAS ALSO HELPED ME DEVELOP MY CAREER AND GAIN NEW SKILLS."