Chef Pâtissier in the making
My name is Callixte Nshimiyimana, I am from Ngoma sector, Huye district. I am 25 years old. The first time I heard about the trainings it was through friends who sent me the application offers. I applied and I got in, I have started in September 2018. I was a student at IPRC where I was also receiving trainings in electrical circuit installation.
I chose food processing because I am passionate about baking. I am proud of myself that I followed my passion. I have learned so many skills that I believe will be crucial in my journey as an entrepreneur. I can affirm that now my baking skills have improved. When I first got in my school, all I could do was to mix ingredients but now I can make tasty cakes from scratch. My favorite part is decorating cakes. A part from baking skills, I also acquired and used the skills from WRN & BYOB trainings,entrepreneurship skills to customer service skills and to have savings. I appreciate those courses from the trainings because they opened my mind and allowed me to think bigger.
Today, my expectation is to graduate with enough skills that will let me find a wage-employed in that field of bakery or become an entrepreneur. That has always been my dream since I was young. My plan is to look for other students who are trained in food processing, I share my vision to grow in bakery then I call them to join me in that vision.
Thereafter, we can go to a financial institution that helps young people, like BDF, purposely to apply for a loan, so we can start our business in bakery. In the meantime, after the graduation I will start looking for a job just to keep practicing what I have learned during the work-based learning