Meet YPARD Mentee: Honorine Uwera

Growing up, I didn’t dream to be an agricultural engineer. I wanted to be an engineer in science technologies, but it did not occur to me that I would be a professional agronomist. After finishing High school, I was at admitted the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry to study agriculture. I was upset. I didn’t expect  to study agriculture in my life. People close to me  kept saying that agriculture is a good option but for me ,at that time I didn’t see the good in it.

Anyway, i went to study agriculture with a broken heart but day after day I came to realise how great agriculture is. In the end , i graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Soil and Water Management department, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Environmental sciences at ISAE-BUSOGO (Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry).

I am a young hardworking female committed to peace building, promoting team spirit in work place.Currently, i am on a temporary research assignment as an enumerator in SPIU LWH-RSSP Project which is under MINAGRI (Ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources), NISR (National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda) as enumerator on Seasonal Agriculture Survey and Laterite Ltd as enumerator on different project. I am part of the research community that is studying the trends and quality of food to provide data to policymakers to improve food safety.

Position: Enumerator (independent research) at MINAGRI/SPIU LWH-RSSP-FRDP, NISR (National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda) and Laterite Ltd

Education: BCS Soil and water Management

Country: Rwanda

“People always think that the best way to earn is to have a work in an office. I envision a food secure and safe by doing Organic Farming which is one promising industry and business to get on with.”

She hopes that the online mentoring program for young women entrepreneurs will equip her with adequate knowledge on how to develop good business and marketing plans as well as introduce me to various fundraising strategies. Additionally, envisions the programme giving her an opportunity to meet and learn various business tips from women who are running great businesses all over the world.