In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 16 members of the team who were trained under the incubation program have pooled resources together to establish a partnership business in the maize value chain. The youths, operating under the name, Bukavu Youth Agripreneurs (BYA) were members of the IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs (IKYA) before they decided to establish their business in February with a sum of USD 2400. Each member of the team contributed USD 150 each and purchased 3 tons of maize grains that was processed into High Quality Maize Flour (Semolina) for the kick off of the business.
To make the product accessible to the people in the South-Kivu province and expand their reach, the team rented a store which is used as the sales outlet in the town of Bukavu. Within a short period of starting the business, BYA signed an agreement with Action d’Espoir (AE), a non-governmental agency which is into poultry production, for the supply of 100 tons of maize grain, 2800 bags of High Quality Maize Flour, and 30 tons of corn bran (Son de mais) each month.
The agreement which is renewable within six months has the potential of generating a revenue of USD 4340 per month. BYA is also planning to diversify into the production and marketing of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) and soybean flour. Members of BYA now pay their stipends from the revenue realized from the sales of their produce.