31- year-old Juveline Ngum Ngwa, is the winner of the first Economic Development Prize at the 3rd African Youth Connekt Summit, at Kigali, Rwanda. She was officially received by the Minister of Youth and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou on Friday 19th October.
The laureate emerged first in the Economic Development category during the event that held in Kigali, Rwanda from October 9 – 12, 2019.
Juveline is the founder of “Bleaglee” , an enterprise that is specialized in recycling metal scrap for the production of improved cooking stoves.
She got a cash prize of $5000 , but Minister Mounouna Foutsou says she equally becomes a beneficiary of the special youth emergency plan by virtue of her award.
“Bleaglee”, changing the status quo
“Bleagee” was founded in 2018 to produce cooking stoves for average households, and reduce environmental pollution.
Particularly concerned about the health of most African mums.
” Thousands of our mums prepare food for hungry children in closed kitchens with a three- fire place. Smoke emanating from these kitchens cause lung and heart problems. Our improved cooking stoves produce 70% less smoke than the traditional fire place, and cooks with recycled biomass waste instead of wood “.
The ” Bleagee” management
Three big Brains are behind the success of the over 1 year old structure. “Bleacher” has 9 employees paid on a 20% commission.
The three “Bleagee” leaders are ;
#Juveline Ngum Ngwa
Founder and CEO
Bsc in Accounting
BSc in Leadership and Administration
The selection process
Over 2500 submissions were received from entrepreneurs in all 54 African countries for the 2019 Africa Youth Connekt contest.
“Bleagee” was amongst the 12 projects shortlisted during the pre-selection process.
All the twelve contestants were invited to Kigali-Rwanda , for a Booth Camp that witnessed the presentation of their projects to the jury.
At the end of the exercise, Juvenile Ngum Ngwa was declared first, winner in the Economic Development category.
Her award was accompanied by a cash prize of $5000.
she plans to use the funds to expand her business and fight unemployment.
” I will use the funds to train and employ youths to manufacture more improved cooking stoves. We have so far produced 900 stoves, but we hope to move up to 10,000 cooking stoves by the end of next year”.
Africa Youth Connekt
Africa Youth Connekt is a joint UN- Rwanda initiative created in 2012 to contribute in reducing poverty, and foster Africa’s socio-economic Development.
The forum creates a wide range of opportunities that favor youth participation in the social – economic and political development of their countries.
Every year, world leaders , policy makers, development partners and civil society organizations from Africa converge on Rwanda to push the continent’s development agenda.
Kathy Neba Sina