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Benon

PROGRESS

OUR GOAL: A CIRCLE OF SUPPORTERS GIVING $350/MONTH OR $4200 FOR THE YEAR

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Rwanda

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA

Career Business

Agricultural Economics

CAREER: Agribusiness Entrepreneur

GRAD DATE: Aug 2020

JOURNEY

    • September 1, 2019 – This Summer Benon worked on his research project about the market instability of maise in the area where he grew up – Kabarore, a town in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. He hopes that his research will eventually be published in an economic journal.
    • May 18, 2019 – This semester, Benon said the monthly training about financial literacy was life changing for him! He also learned a lot from his friends about servant leadership and helping each other, which is something he wants to continue to grow in and improve.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to his life now, and his future career, Benon said: “Servant leadership is being a leader who puts his or her subordinates first. A servant leader is responsible and accountable. This is the kind of leader I want to be!”
    • November 19, 2018 – Benon wants to be known for being a humble man, who is always seeking knowledge and wisdom. This semester Benon is hoping for good health and high grades!
    • July 7, 2018 – This school year, Benon took some challenging classes, but he worked hard and believes he was able to finish well! This summer, he is looking forward to getting a job so that he can challenge himself and gain experiences to help him with his future business!
    • May 12, 2018 – Benon values his family and friends, because they are the ones who have made his life so full of joy!
    • March 25, 2018 – When Benon was younger, he hoped to be a successful businessman who had the ability to employ people in his community who are in need of jobs. In five years, with God’s help, he hopes to own his own business in his community and fulfill his dream of employing people who are in need of jobs!
    • February 27, 2018 – Benon has a lot of people who inspire him–his parents inspire him to work hard, one of his uncles inspires him to be a good business man, and another uncle inspires him to be more generous and loving!
    • January 25, 2018 – The most interesting book Benon read recently was, Know Can Do! Put Your Know-How Into Action by Kenneth Blanchard.
    • December 18, 2017 – On Christmas, Benon says that people usually go to church, wear new clothes and eat special meals that have meat! A word Benon thinks his friends would use to describe him is “humble” because although he is quiet, he tries to put others before himself.
    • November 11, 2017 – Benon is thankful for the opportunity to have joined the These Numbers Have Faces family! He says that sometimes he doesn’t really like Christmas, but he likes joining his family and friends while they celebrate.
    • October 8, 2017- Benon spent his holidays volunteering in a legal support institution for three months. Benon is very excited to go to a new campus in another part of the country that he’s never been to. He also hopes to experience and practice his leadership skills.

Benon’S CIRCLE

  • J. & N. Hunt – Highlands Ranch, CA
  • A. & S. Kringen – Portland, OR
  • N. Toddy – Austin, TX
  • A. Light – Lake Oswego, OR
  • J. & T. Dernison – Portland, OR

BIO

Benon grew up as the first-born son of a large family in a small farming community, where it was challenging to meet their basic needs. As he saw his classmates turn to drugs to ease their pain, his focus was on being a role model for his seven younger siblings. He modeled his work ethic after his mother and father, who always strived to pay for their kids’ school fees so they could rise from poverty.

Focused on others above himself, Benon decided to study Agricultural Economics to help both his family and his community as a whole by giving them the education necessary to revolutionize rural farming practices and bring sufficient clean water to his village.