Burundi: Young Entrepreneurs Face Challenges

Young Burundians entrepreneurs indicate that it is very difficult to run their own business in Burundi for several reasons. People don't trust them because of lack of sufficient equity, professional experience and because of their active participation in political parties' leagues.

In Burundi, the unemployment rate is very high. Some Burundians have adopted good ideas to create their own jobs in order to develop themselves or give employment to young people. The majority of them have created small enterprises according to their small equity. Those entrepreneurs indicate that they come across many challenges in doing their business.

Consequently, some continue working hard despite difficulties while others give up. Iradukunda Joseph Jib, the owner of Across Burundi (a service enterprise) indicates that it is very difficult to do business in Burundi because people have somehow prejudiced ideas against the youths. Those latter are considered as drunkard, smokers and careless. Then, it is very difficult to convince a big businessman to give market opportunities to young entrepreneurs. He adds that in Burundi, business is generally based on friendship.

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