Ripe for Success: Rwandan passion fruit farmers find profit using new tech tools

RTI | Int'l Dev
Jun 25 · 5 min read
Thanks to the support of the Cooperative of Farmer Fruits Kigabiro Ejoheza, passion fruit farmer Jean Claude Hakmerimana is now making enough profit from his 850-tree farm to return to school in the evenings. Photo credit: Ellie Van Houtte for RTI International
The lush landscape of the Wamagana District of Rwanda is home to an abundance of passion fruit production. Farmers from the Cooperative of Farmer Fruits Kigabiro Ejoheza sell their passion fruit to local businesses that produce juice sold in stores in the capital city of Kigali. Photo credit: Ellie Van Houtte for RTI International
Rooted in a desire to help passion fruit farmers market their product, Jean Bosco Afurika founded the Cooperative of Farmer Fruits Kigabiro Ejoheza. New tech tools made available via a partnership with the USAID/Rwanda PSDAG program are enabling the 17 farmers in the cooperative to provide accurate harvest predictions to their buyers. Photo credit: Ellie Van Houtte for RTI International

Squeezing fresh opportunity from technology

Cooperative of Farmer Fruits Kigabiro Ejoheza founder, Jean Bosco Afurika, showcases his passion fruit farm and the new digital tools accessed via partnership with Feed the Future through USAID/Rwanda PSDAG that allow members of his co-op to directly log information about their crops and yields into a tablet on their farms. This new technology is helping the co-op grow productivity and connect with more clients. Photo credit: Ellie Van Houtte for RTI International

Instead of digging through stacks of paper with handwritten tabulations of farmer harvests, the new tools are allowing co-op farmers the ability to enter their harvest data on a tablet, right from their fields.

From grower to buyer, a complete cycle of impact

Verdianne Hategekimana is the founder of KVD Ltd., a fruit juice business, with a newly opened processing space in Kamanyl, Rwanda. With Feed the Future’s mentorship and financial support through the USAID/Rwanda PSDAG program, Verdianne was able to lease her own space for producing juice, as well as equipment to modernize her process to be more efficient. Photo credit: Ellie Van Houtte for RTI International
Verdianne Hategekimana, founder of KVD Ltd., sources up to 400 kilograms of passion fruit from a local cooperative each week for juice production. Thanks in part to her partnership with Feed the Future through the USAID/Rwanda PSDAG program, her growing business now employs 14 people, including many youth and women. Photo credit: Ellie Van Houtte for RTI International

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