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YAK Fair Trade 3

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  • With EUR 100,000 Yak Fair Trade can buy more agricultural outputs (e.g. maize & grain from small holder farmers) and purchase equipment, like cold room storages, in order to expand its processing business.

    18 months
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    Maturity18 months
    Repayments6 months
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      IMPORTANT NOTE: high risk product - direct loan to an agribusiness company. No local financial institution in between to cover risks.

      General information

      • Borrower:                           YAK FAIR TRADE LTD
      • Currency:                           EUR
      • Amount:                             100,000
      • Maturity:                            18 months, semi-annually and linearly amortizing
      • Repayments:                     After 12 and 18 months (not after 6 months)                  
      • Interest rate:                      5.75% p.a.

      Direct loan

      This is a direct loan to a company (rather than lending to a financial institution) and therefore it is recommendable that you are careful with the amount you will invest. 


      Information document of the issuer (NL)

      Information document of the issuer (BE)


      Yak Fair Trade Ltd is a Rwandan agribusiness trade and livestock business (established in 2010) providing affordable and nutritious products (grains, meat and meat products), based in the Rwamagana district of the country’s Eastern Province. YAK sources indirectly from over 65,000 Rwandan small holder farmers through 52 cooperatives and processes them for sale to larger food processing companies.

      One of YAK’s main clients is African Improved Foods (AIF), a public-private partnership involving DSM, Government of Rwanda, IFC, CDC Group and FMO, which locally produces highly nutritious foods for infants as well as pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

      Yak Fair Trade Ltd was founded by Janvier Gasasira and Mediatrice Uwingabire in 2010, initially focused on staple food value chain development including the processing and distribution of grains and wide variety beans and in 2010 expanded its offering to include dairy value chain development. YAK also owns shops in Kimironko Gasabo, Muhanga and Rwamagna districts for crop production.

      Historically, YAK has purchased a minimum of 60% of its products from small holders farmers (via cooperatives) and hopes to increase the percentage of purchases from SHF through improved trade finance and capacity development of the farmers.

      Loan purpose

      The loan will be used to allow YAK to buy more agricultural outputs, e.g. maize & grain from small holder farmers, and purchase of equipment (e.g. cold room storage) in order to expand its maize processing business.

      YAK also acknowledges the need for earlier education at the cooperative level to improve farming methodologies and output. Yak train farmers on best practices as well as post-harvest technologies to avoid loss of production.

      COVID-19 Update

      Yak Fair Trade Ltd is an agribusiness company dealing with food sales and plans to continue to buy from smallholder farmers, especially during the crisis period. YAK follows the country regulation and protection measures for their staff as stipulated by the government.

      Apart from complying with the Rwanda government’s instruction to protects its personnel, the Company has taken additional safety measures, by allowing only necessary movements, and have distributed protective equipment, to the staff that needs to move. YAK has also instructed its farmers to stay home and keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. When the Company goes to buy from the smallholders, it pays them with the use of mobile money without cash in hand to avoid contact.

      YAK is committed to its mission of making food availability and ensuring the market for the farmers with fair prices.


      The company’s mission is to sustain the private entrepreneurship through sustainable development of supply chains of food to different clients.


      To become a leading and prominent regional and international company in the food supply chain.


      • Indirect benefit to the livelihoods of Rwandan small holder farmers & their families as YAK sources and purchases agricultural outputs (e.g. grains & maize), providing both a marketplace and higher prices than if individually sold
      • Farmers benefit from training and market offered by Yak which contributes to poverty reduction
      • Farmers can feed and educate their children
      • Farmers can pay their health insurance.

      About Rwanda

      Rwanda is a small landlocked country in east-central Africa with a population of 12 million. It is currently led by Paul Kagame who became president in 2000. In 2018, its GDP was US$9.5bn and it has steadily averaged high single digit GDP growth rates. Rwanda has been a leading engine in terms of trade openness and has one of the best business environments in Africa. Rwanda also has contained current account (-9% of GDP in 2018 vs -15.8% of GDP in 2016) and fiscal deficits (-2% of GDP in 2018), coupled with relative low debt levels (public debt c.42.5% of GDP in 2018).

      High Growth Economy: The country has exhibited a high growth regime during the last decade, with some booms and busts but never with a major downturn. Growth recovered markedly from this low level, but was not immune to some imbalances in the past.

      Attractive place for businesses driven by political stability: The World Bank’s Doing Business 2019 survey ranks Rwanda 29th out of 190 economies surveyed (including Developed Economies), making it one of the best-ranking African economies. Rwanda has made significant progress from the ethnic strife that led to the genocide & civil war in the nineties, with political stability among the key assets that has allowed a sustained reform momentum.

      Agriculture is the main economic activity: Rwanda experiences a long dry season from June to August with heavy rainfall between end February and June (YAK’s main harvest period). Two-thirds of the population is engaged in the agricultural sector, generating c.30% of the national GDP. Tea and coffee are the major exports. Rwanda also exports dry beans, potatoes, maize, rice, cassava flour, maize flour, poultry and live animals within Eastern Africa.

      Due to the strong link between agriculture and poverty, the challenges in the agriculture sector are also drivers of rural poverty. Despite remarkable improvements over recent years, the agricultural sector in Rwanda still faces many challenges such as land degradation, soil erosion, land fragmentation, strong dependence on rainfalls and vulnerability to climate shocks.

      Management Team

      Janvier Gasasira (CEO)

      Mr. Janvier Gasasira is the current senior advisor to the business and holds the position of Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of YAK FAIR TRADE Ltd.  He holds a master’s in development studies and project management acquired from Louvain La Neuve (Belgium) University in 2003.

      Mr. Janvier Gasasira is a seasoned Rwandan agricultural sector expert, bringing with him over 26 years’ experience. Mr. Gasasira has strong leadership skills, is results and business-oriented,  over the course of his career, Mr. Gasasira has developed extensive knowledge of the agriculture sector, always ensuring sustained beneficiary engagement with smallholders, public institutions, the private sector, and civil society, from both a strategic and operational point of view. He contributed to impact assessment reports for five different projects under the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

      Mediatrice Uwingabire (MD)

      The Managing Director of the company Mrs. Mediatrice Ingabire has experience of more than 10 years in the company, and she participated a lot in the expansion of its activities and the increase in its turnover. She has previously served as an accountant in King Faysal Hospital, where she worked for a period of 10 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (Ao) acquired at KIM University.

      Jean Baptiste Rwigema (COO)

      Rwigema Jean Baptiste is a Senior Agriculturalist Engineer.  He has a general experience of 27 years, with 19 years of experience in project management. He has worked with YAK FAIR TRADE Ltd for more than five years. He holds a master’s degree in Soil and Water Engineering.

      Thaddee Nsabimana

      He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and is Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A). He has served in SOSOMA Industries for more than 20 years as an accountant and has four years of experience with YAK FAIR TRADE LTD.

      Company nameYAK Fair Trade 3
      CEOJanvier Gasasira


      YAK Fair Trade works hard to improve Rwanda's agricultural sector, which employs two-thirds of the country's workforce. The sector's biggest challenge is to overcome the limited access to high-quality produce. YAK trains smallholder farmers on best practices and post-harvest technologies to avoid production loss. Increased environmentally sustainable farming practices can bolster agricultural yields, helping farmers become more profitable. Sourcing products from over 65,000 local smallholder farmers through 52 cooperatives, YAK processes them for sale to larger food processing companies. Any surplus is sold to other institutions such as the World Food Program and UNHCR. This broad collaboration benefits rural livelihood, household income, and food security.


      SDG’s impacted

      With this project you are contributing to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

      SDG 1. No poverty

      SDG 2. No hunger

      SDG 8. Decent work and income

      SDG 12. Responsible consumption and production

      Read more about the impact you can make through our platform and the SDGs on our impact page.


      Related blog articles

      Read how YAK Fair Trade was our first partner in the agricultural sector in their introduction, here.

      • With this investment 10 jobs are created
      • With this investment 100 people are reached

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