Rwanda: Head Teacher Jean Marie Muhinga talks about the journey to launching the school's piggery business

We are delighted to bring you news of another school business up and running in Rwanda! We met with Jean Marie Vianney Muhinga, the prinipal of Bigugu Secondary School, to talk to him about his experience setting up a piggery at his school.

Bigugu School has 540 students and is located in the beautiful hills of Nyaruguru in southern Rwanda. The school staff worked with Teach A Man To Fish to plan their business. After looking at their existing resources and doing market research, the school decided to start their own piggery business. 

The business launched in early January with money invested in the construction of a piggery, specialist pig feeds and the purchase of 13 big pigs!

We met the the Head Teacher, Jean Marie, the day the pigs arrived and he was overjoyed to see them move into their new home. He told us about his experience starting a school business and how he feels it will benefit his students. 

What has it been like to work with Teach A Man To Fish?

Partnering with Teach A Man To Fish has been a great opportunity to advance Girls’ Education through establishing school enterprises. I was lucky to attend training on business planning and management. It was such a good experience to get these skills.

What skills have you learnt so far?

So far, we are getting practical skills on business planning and management. We are also planning a strategy on how to staff and students will be involved and how students will best learn from the business. We want all our students to leave school with excellent business knowledge and practical business and entreprenuerial skills as well! 

What plans do you have for the future?

Our teachers have been able to identify that we could be generating income from our vegetable garden, as well feeding our students. Thanks to Teach A Man To Fish for this knowledge that keeps us thinking of the future! 

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