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Benjamin Mushayija Gisa

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About Benjamin

Benjamin comes from a rural area in the Eastern province of Rwanda. Benjamin was raised by a single mother as his father passed away before he was born. When Benjamin was 16, his mother developed multiple chronic illnesses, one of which being diabetes. His mother required a change in diet to products such as honey. Apart from these products being expensive and unaffordable, it was also hard to find natural ones, especially pure honey. This motivated Benjamin to find a way to help his mother and many other people in his community to get pure honey.

Benjamin decided to save his pocket money during the holiday. He bought two beehives at $12 and hung them in a tree near their house. After three months, he was able to harvest 8Kg and it helped his mother. Benjamin slowly but surely increased the number of hives and harvest of honey and was able to provide to the rest of the community. This was the start of Kaso.

A “bee” story

Kaso produces organic products which are used primarily for consumption and secondarily for beauty. Kaso was founded to produce honey at an affordable price so that more diabetic people could access it and later grew into a brand producing multiple essential oils and agriproducts. Their biggest products include; honey, bee-wax pharmaceuticals, avo-oils and more.

Kaso’s training program trains beekeepers on how to increase honey output. Their training has successfully enabled beekeepers to get their honey ready in 3-4 months instead of 6 and produce a larger quantity per harvest. Kaso has provided products to over 500 people and to many other businesses.


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Kindly share this post The Anzisha Prize, a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation, has revealed its top 20 finalists for 2020. Winners will be announced at this year’s Anzisha Prize Conference on 27 October 2020. Organisers say this year’s application season saw a record 1 200 applicants vying for a chance to join the Anzisha Prize fellowship. From these applications, 20 businesses emerged that were 45% percent female-owned and represented sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and education. Young entrepreneurs from Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania displayed impressive ventures that are tackling critical issues within their communities while also turning a profit. Through their businesses and entrepreneurial leadership skills, these job starters are paving a way for other young Africans to pursue entrepreneurship.

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In an announcement made by Anzisha Prize Conference — a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation — the fellowship revealed its top 20 finalists for its 2020 young entrepreneurs cohort. In total the fellowship had 1,200 applicants. Of those applicants 20 businesses were 45% female-owned and represented the agriculture, manufacturing and education industries. Those in Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania were reported to display impressive ventures that tackle critical issues in their communities while continuing to turn a profit.


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