“I turned idle resources into capital. My business today is worth UGX 106M.”

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“In 2013 Enterprise Uganda invited participants to attend the BEST Entrepreneurship Training for a fee of UGX 5000. I was hesitant to attend but decided to go. One of the many things which I learnt was to turn idle resources into capital. I made a decision to change my life based on this advice. I immediately sold my motorcycle (valued at UGX 1.5million).

I used the money to buy equipment to set up fish ponds. I had good fishing skills but had never used them. I realized that I could turn idle, available land into fish ponds and use my fishing skills. Despite experiencing the trauma of the Ugandan war, I stuck to my mission of getting out of poverty – even if it meant doing it alone,” says Thomas Oloya, age 28 year.

“By the end of 2013, I had started seeing the fruits of my labor.

My mentor, Mr. Onono, with whom I was matched by Enterprise Uganda, was very instrumental in helping me grow my business. I continued to attend the Enterprise Uganda follow-up trainings as well – this helped me improve my business skills of record-keeping and marketing”, says Thomas.

Today Thomas’s business is worth over UGX 106 million

and it is registered. “I have also ventured into animal farming and horticulture,” said Thomas. “I was very happy when I was invited to participate in the International meeting of ‘Entrepreneurship for Peace’ in Geneva, Switzerland in November 2015 where I could share my entrepreneurial journey.”

Sand Mixer starts only Studio in Usuk

When Moses Amodoi aged 30, fell out of school at senior four level, his elder brother recruited him for a sand mixing job at a construction site. His elder brother is a mansion of Construction Company.

I was earning only UGX 3000 a day. I could not make ends meet. “Every time I went to work, I used to think about starting my own business” Moses says. One day our youth counselor came to me mobilizing youth for Enterprise Uganda training. He told me to pay UGX 5000 which I willingly did
After the training, I decided to start my own job. I opened up a photo studio using a borrowed camera.

I paid rent of UGX 35,000 out of my savings. After working for about 6 months, my brother decided to take his camera on realizing it was making a lot of money for me. Good enough I had saved some money but it was not enough to buy the camera I wanted. I went home and sold my goat and bought a camera. I am now earning about UGX 72,000 per week. I am now able to earn about UGX 350,000 a month. I have also started poultry farming business. My chicken is now valued at about UGX 200,000. I have also bought 2 cows valued at UGX 1000,000. I am now married with a wife and child. I intend to modernize my studio, buy computers and a printer. The value of my business is about UGX 2,800,000.

My lack of commitment failed me

My name is Ochora James Kazini, aged 29 years. Before Enterprise Uganda training, I was a third year student (finalist) at Gulu University pursuing a degree course in public administration. After getting knowledge from Enterprise Uganda, I started a business.

My father gave me capital of UGX 200,000 and I bought 2 piglets, a female and male at UGX 60,000. I then used the balance to construct a small shelter for them. The business started well. I used to feed the piglets with local food so there no major expenses being met. When the pigs stayed for 6 months, they produced about 4 piglets. Later the weather became unfriendly (too hot) and I eventually lost 2 piglets.

When I got a job in Amuru district, I entrusted my project with a relative. He later reported to me that the 2 big pigs had escaped and were poisoned and died. This meant that the caretaker was not giving my business enough time like I had expected. I got discouraged and sold off the remaining 2 pigs at UGX 80,000 each. On realizing that I could only raise UGX 160,000 from my business, I gave up on it because the business was hard for me to monitor from afar. I have since realized that one needs to start something that you can be committed to.

“Adding value to cassava improved my life.”

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Name: Abuin Suzan

Age: 28 years
Region: Soroti, Teso Region
Business Sector: Agri-business Value addition (Cassava)
Growth trajectory: Has grown his investment into a business worth UGX 12M
Suzan sorting cassava at her store
“I am a Senior Four drop-out and a single mother of two,” says Suzan. “I started the business of buying and milling cassava in 2011 with only 20 bags. I was clueless about business and almost abandoned it. But, somehow, I kept going because I did not have anything else to do.”
“In August 2013 I received a call from my mother, encouraging me to go for the Enterprise Uganda training. During the training I learnt about record-keeping and accounting. This

knowledge turned me into a better business person”, she says.

“Today, I stock over 200 bags of cassava, estimated at UGX 12 million. I also attribute my business growth to a good savings culture and the habit of ploughing back profits into the business. I bought land and intend to finish school early next year. I am happy that all my children are in school. I live a better and purposeful life.”

“From employee to employer”

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Name: Sunday Ukurboth
Age: 25 years
Region: Nebbi, West Nile Region
Business Sector: Education Services.
Growth trajectory: Has grown his investment into a venture worth UGX 8M

 

“I know that when people see me, I do not strike them as a school owner. But I am no ordinary man, despite holding an ordinary Certificate of Education. I am the proprietor of two nursery and primary schools in Kucwiny Sub County – Nebbi district at only 25 years of age. As a result, many of my peers call me Muzeeyi (Old Man) because of my great achievements”, says Sunday.

“For five years I worked for a bakery called ‘Yummy Loaf Limited’ in Kampala. I got fed-up with the small pay and hectic work schedule. I decided to quit my passionless job and to go back to Nebbi because I could hardly make any savings. While in Nebbi in January 2014 I heard an Enterprise Uganda radio announcement and decided to attend a 5-day entrepreneurship. During the training, I was deeply touched by the trainer’s message: ‘Starts your own business; start with what you have’. After the training, I decided to follow my passion of teaching and started a school with capital of UGX 1.5 million given to me by my uncle.”

“At the end of 2014 we had a total enrollment of 35 children, and had saved over UGX 4 million. Today, I have a total enrollment of over 140 children and employ over 8 teachers. I opened up another school and I feel content with the support I give my family”, says Sunday.

“I chose to employ myself.”

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Name: Alfred Oketh

Age: 22 years
Region: West Nile
Business Sector: Manufactures Energy saving stoves

Growth trajectory: Has grown his investment into a venture worth UGX6M

Alfred at his work station in Acholi.

“I started working part-time at the age of 15 while I was also studying. I used my wages to pay for my school fees. I attended the Enterprise Uganda training during my S.6 vacation. During the training, I learnt that I had capital in my head. That, to me, was the turning point!”, notes Alfred.

“I quit my part-time job and opened up a workshop with savings of only UGX 120,000. My brother also gave me a loan of UGX 140,000. I started manufacturing energy-saving stoves and selling them locally. I was lucky to get a contract from Congo to supply 200 energy-saving stoves and that further boosted my business”, Alfred says.

“My sales have continued to increase, and my estimated business value is now UGX 6 million. “People now look at me as someone here in Parombo town,” he notes with pride.

“Who knew that being a farmer would make me a millionaire?”

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Name: George Angullu
Age: 29 years
Region: Acholi Region
Business Sector: Agri-business.
Growth trajectory: Has grown his investment into a venture worth UGX10M

“Onions can never grow in Acholi because our soils cannot support such a crop. This is what I was told by many of my peers. I asked myself: if food can grow in a desert, how can onions fail to grow in Acholi? I had a different attitude and knew that this kind of thinking was old-school,” says George.

“I attended Enterprise Uganda training and acquired the confidence I needed to start a business. The trainers encouraged us to start small and grow big later. Following the training, I utilized all of my father’s 3 acres of land to grow onions, maize and green pepper, in addition to cattle-keeping. I also started with capital of only UGX 1 million that I had saved from the sale of my chicken and goats.”

George has grown his business significantly, and his capital today stands at UGX 8 million.

“My family life has improved tremendously. I can now afford school fees for my children, and I am able to assist some members of my extended family. My relationship with my wife is blossoming because we no longer harass each other for money”, he warmly notes.

 

“We are growing our business as a family”

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“My husband and I attended BEST training in October 2013. Immediately after the training, we bought a grinding mill valued at UGX 3 million from a percentage of proceeds earned from our nine acre farm output”, says Consy.

“BEST and the other Enterprise Uganda trainings have changed our lives in various ways. For instance, we were encouraged and inspired to do business as a husband and wife. We also learnt the importance of saving. We bought twenty cattle, two of which are used for ploughing and a motorcycle valued at UGX 3.9 million from our grinding mill business. The grinding mill now fetches an average income of UGX 18,000 per day. This steady flow of income enables us to cater for our family’s basic requirements”, noted Consy’s husband Patrick Komakech. “We relocated our milling business to our own land which we bought last year at UGX 4 million.”

Name: Consy Adong
Age: 35 years
Region: Gulu
Business Sector: Agri-business
Growth trajectory: They have grown their family investment into a business worth UGX 22.4M