Starting a business is a challenge for any individual. Many observers believe it is even harder when you're young, even harder when you're a woman and just a bit more difficult when you're African. But that hasn't stopped 25 year old Price Muhoza from taking the road less travelled in pursuing her restaurant dream.
Muhoza is the sole proprietor of a popular eatery christened KGL in Kigali Rwanda. She spoke to The New Times, Rwanda's leading English daily about her entrepreneurial journey.
"I realised one can never go wrong with food because everyone needs to eat at some point. All I needed to do was have something different to present and I thought about the fast food joint and tried to combine it with a bar. It's been okay! There have been good and bad days like any other business," Muhoza said.
Muhoza went on to say that her inspiration to become an entrepreneur stems from her parents who are also business people.
"Every time I was on holiday, I would work with my mother, she is also a business woman, and I would also work with my father. Before going to pursue my masters, I worked closely with my dad for nine months. So working closely with him makes you question why you should be employed. I was inspired on how nice it would be to be in control of the things in your life. Yes you can get an 8am-5pm job but the routine is boring. I'm a person who gets bored quickly. I always want to explore and do things differently just to keep my mind active."
Her work experience is limited to working in restaurants and stints in sales when she was pursuing her undergraduate studies in South Africa and post-graduate degree in the United Kingdom respectively. She believes that starting the restaurant is her biggest achievement.
"To be able to have it run successfully for the last two years is something I'm happy about. Of course I was scared when it first opened its doors in December 2013, but you need to take risks in life. I wouldn't have been able to sleep if I just thought about starting the business and not tried it. It's better to try it and fail, but at least I tried."
Muhoza said she hadn't been home for seven years and had to quickly get accustomed to the business environment despite many naysayers.
"Before everyone was saying, why is she going into the bar business, she is young, what is she thinking? But so far it has taught them to respect me and what I have done. My simple advice is 'If you want it bad enough, you can actually achieve. If you really want it, work hard at it. It may take every bone in your system but still go ahead with it because the rewards in the end are very promising."
The young business owner went on to state that she believes her success stems from patience and a good support system from family and friends.
Image and original article from The New Times, Rwanda http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2015-01-15/184968/