Do you have a business addressing sustainable and environmentally friendly food systems? Apply for the Circular Food Systems Rwanda SME Fund before 31 May 2023

The Circular Food Systems for Rwanda, an initiative that seeks to transform Rwanda’s food system to be more circular and sustainable, invites applicants for the SME Fund. The Fund seeks to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) committed to implementing circular economy principles in their operations. Through financial assistance and technical support, the Fund aims to foster innovation, create jobs, and contribute to a more resilient and environmentally friendly food system in Rwanda.

The program prioritizes the following principles:

  • Reduce waste: Minimize food loss and waste at all supply chain stages from production to consumption.
  • Optimize resources: Use resources efficiently, including energy, water, and raw materials to minimize environmental impact.
  • Regenerate natural systems: Support the health of ecosystems and biodiversity by adopting regenerative agricultural practices and reducing pollution.
  • Design for circularity: Develop products and packaging that can be reused, recycled, or composted, minimizing the need for new materials.

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Be a registered SME in Rwanda operating in the food sector.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to implementing circular economy principles in their operations.
  • Have a viable business plan that outlines how the funds will be used to support circular practices.
  • Show potential for growth, job creation, and positive environmental impact.

Successful participants will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to finance: The Fund provides much-needed capital to help businesses invest in circular practices and grow their operations.
  • Technical support: Businesses can access expert advice and guidance on implementing circular practices, improving operations, and reducing environmental impact.
  • Capacity building: The Fund offers training and capacity-building opportunities to help businesses develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a circular economy.
  • Networking opportunities: Participating businesses can connect with other like-minded SMEs, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing within the sector.

To apply, visit: SME Fund Application