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>> With a university education, Assumpta Uwamariya didn't expect to be picking beetroot. But jobs are hard to find in the far west of Rwanda, 25% of people are unemployed but Assumpta now has an international business turning beetroot into wine.>> I realized that there were many people looking for jobs and there were no jobs.
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So I started thinking of doing something unique and innovative. So I decided to start farming beet roots. I first started making beet root juice but then I met someone online who trained me on how to make beet root wine.>> Rwanda is ranked as the fourth best country in the world for gender equality.
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30% of businesses are owned by women. The production here may look basic but Assumpta sells around 1,000 bottles every month, employing 17 people and the
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wine has fans across the world.>> I have customers in Congo, Mozambique. I also found out that I have customers in Germany.
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I don't know how my wine got there but they told me that they tasted my wine and started ordering from me afterwards. Some of them even came all the way here to see me and buy my wine.>> Beetroot is a common ingredient in Rwandan cooking. And at $8 a bottle, the rich and earthly wine has become a favorite in bars across the capital, Kigali, with Rwandans and seemingly non-Rwandans developing a taste for beetroot wine.
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Assumpta says she hopes to double production by next year.
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