Priscilla Ruzibuka, Akili Dada 2016 fellow has won the Rwanda edition for the Africa Business Idea Cup.
She will then proceed to the finals that will be held in Arusha, Tanzania in July where she will face off with other contestants from the region. The overall prize includes a prize of USD 5000 and a trip to Japan as well as mentorship.
The Africa Business Idea Competition presents an opportunity to develop and implement new business ideas as well as gain mentorship and is hosted by Japanese organization DMM.Africa.
Priscilla is the Founder and Managing Director of Ki-pepeo Kids Clothing which equips young women with tailoring skills. The women earn an income from the business and in return Ki-pepeo uses its profits to sponsor less fortunate children in the communities to access education and health insurance. She applied to join the Akili Dada fellowship program and was elated to be among the 14 young women from across East Africa selected to participate in the year-long fellowship program. “I came with the intention of improving my managerial and business skills as well as broaden my network of partners with the hope of forging partnerships that would grow Ki-pepeo,” she said. I was humbled to have my business selected by Akili Dada and that has really boosted my confidence
A display of some of the clothes from Priscilla’s Ki-pepeo Kids Clothing
Reflecting on her recent win, Priscilla says that the trainings and mentoring from Akili Dada have hugely influenced her win. “With trainings at Akili Dada I have been able to draw a clear focus of what I want to do and how,” she said. “I also learnt to source for funds for my enterprise and I am particularly grateful for the seed grant that I receive from Akili Dada,” she added. Priscilla has been able to use part of the money to buy a tent that she uses as a working space for the women as well as a pop-up shop.
“At the design training, we were taught how to make powerful presentations through which I was able to pitch my enterprise to the judges and impress them,” she said. She was also able to open a Facebook and Instagram page after the social media training, through which she has gained more customers as well as receive a lot of feedback.
Priscilla Ruzibuka receives a certificate of participation in the Akili Dada leadership program from … Priscilla Ruzibuka and some of the 2016 Akili Dada fellows pose for a photo during the training in Nairobi
Here at Akili Dada, we wish Priscilla all the best in the final stage of the competition and in all her endeavours.