Jean Bosco Nzeyimana, 23, an entrepreneur and founder of Habona Ltd, a company that produces affordable and environmentally friendly fuels in form of biomass briquettes and biogas from waste has made it again on the prestigious list of Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in 2018.
The young entrepreneur featured twice in a row, in Forbes magazine – an American high end business magazine’s prestigious list of 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs.
Nzeyimana’s success comes from his habit of wanting to solve people’s problems. For him, Entrepreneurship became a viable path to achieve that.
“My greatest inspiration is that every little thing I do makes an impact in somebody else’s life. This makes me feel responsible for all the lives I am impacting, and those I can potentially impact,” he acknowledged to Forbes.
Habona Ltd doesn’t stray that far from firewood. It majorly operates in Nyamagabe district, where Gasarenda and Gasaka alone produce more than 1500 tons of waste every year, and the Kigeme refugee camp that resides in Nyamagabe also generates roughly 500 tons. It offers affordable and environmentally friendly services and energy fuels in the form of biomass briquettes and biogas waste.
“Our briquettes are efficient substitutes to wood charcoals and help cut over 30% of household fuel spending every year. Throughout briquette production, the by-product is fresh nutrient organic matters that are composted to make organic fertilisers for farming”, he says.
The company is also diversifying into the installation and operation of clean power plants, ranging from waste to energy, such as solar, biomass, hydro, and wind, as well as climate-smart farming.
His work has paid off. Nzeyimana employs 25 people, and to top it off, he was also part of a five-member high profile panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that involved former US president Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg the founder and CEO of Facebook in June 2017.