Every year, the School Enterprise Challenge team is impressed with the great school businesses we see come to life thanks to the dedication of enterprising students. We also love hearing about what young people do after participating in our programme – our graduates are truly inspiring, as they take the lessons learned in the school business to shape their lives and seek out the opportunities available to them. We want to dedicate this post to some of the most amazing graduates we have seen this year – they are shining examples of the long-lasting benefits young people can obtain through our programme, combining dedication, resilience and creativity to start and run wonderful enterprises!
Valens from Kigali, Rwanda, participated in his school’s business from 2016 until 2018, the year of his graduation. Since then, he has taken the skills acquired while participating in the School Enterprise Challenge to start a poultry farming business. This initiative has allowed him to help reduce malnutrition in his community! Between the profits he makes from selling eggs and his part-time job in electrical installation, Valens has been able to start saving money with his friends and business partners, with the goal of eventually starting and running a bigger business in the future. He explains that participating in the school business has been very beneficial for him: “with participating in the school business, I now feel more confident; I know how to deal with people, and how to present my ideas”. It also taught him financial literacy and changed his relationship to budgeting, making him more responsible: before participating in the school business, he was not mindful about money and would often spend as soon as he earned instead of saving. Now, he understands the value of money and of planning ahead, which will be an advantage for the rest of his life!