TESTIMONIALS

TUSUBIRA BRENDA

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Tusubira Brenda joined WITU while in her S.6 vacation,in the Jan to March 2016 Cohort with no hope of joining university due to financial status at home. While pondering on what to do next, a friend introduced her to WITU programs and encouraged her to apply. Brenda enrolled for the three months Career, Leadership and Life Skills training Program (CLSP). The training empowers the girls with employability skills,and helping the girls confidently apply the skills that they have acquired. The curriculum shapes attitudes and equips the girls with practical skills on key soft skills that are a core component of employment requirements in Uganda. With the skills acquired Brenda managed to write a good application letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV). She confidently expressed herself during the interviews, thus getting a job with Uhy Thakkar & Associates Certified public accountant, ST & Associates in Kololo Kampala Uganda. The firm provides audit, bookkeeping and tax services to a portfolio of clients in additional sectors such as construction, tourism, manufacturing and Not for Profit/NGO industries. She joined as an office assistant where she enters data into the computer, organise files and she is paid 200,000 a month.

NASSIWA BENA

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Nassiwa Bena a S 3 dropout from Bright senior secondary Masaka in 2007 because of tuition issues, by then the tuition was 160,000/= UGX. In 2013, she travelled to Kampala to live with the auntie in Kamwokya Kisenyi II, where she was learning hair dressing but she did not complete because along the way she got married. One day while attending mass at Poly Trinity Catholic church Kamokya she learnt of an opportunity to enroll at Women in Technology Uganda (WITU) for free training. She enrolled in the 2nd cohort of April to June 2014 of the career, leadership and lifeskills training program. The career, leadership and life skills training is meant to increase the young girl’s chances at finding gainful employment or starting a business.

During the entrepreneurship classes the team was given an opportunity to identify community challenges or problems that would turn into a business venture. Bena identified that her home area needed a grocery shop because most of the shops were quite a good distance. She saw an opportunity of opening a grocery shop near her home to solve the challenge of moving a long distance to the shops. Bena later developed a business plan for her business ideas which helped her to see how feasible the business would be,how to manage, run and scale a start up grocery shop.

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With the clear business plan in hand Bena embarked on looking for capital to start the business. In October 2015,She asked her husband for the capital who offered 500,000/=UGX for her to start up a grocery shop in her home area located in Kamwokya church road area zone. By Dec 2016 Bena’s grocery shop is worthy 1.500.000/= UGX She has dreams of expanding her shop to becoming both a wholesale and retail shop

NABBALE FAZIRAH

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Nabbale Fazirah of Bukoto Nakawa division Kampala Uganda first born in the family 6 children is a S.5 drop out due to school fees from Kitante Hill secondary school had lost hope of school and as she was figuring out what to do next,a friend from the previous cohort introduced her to WITU under the CLSP program which she applied and joined in the July to September cohort of 2015. The career, leadership and life skills training is meant to increase the young girl’s chances at finding gainful employment or starting a business. During the entrepreneurship classes the team was taught how to start and grow a business where Fazirah identified that she can and needs to startup a shoe business.She developed a business plan for her business idea which helped her to see how feasible her business would be,how to manage, run and scale her start up With the clear business plan in hand, Fazirah got 100,000 from her sister and she started her business of selling shoes where she buys shoes at 10,000 or 15,000 and she sells them to her former teachers and schoolmates from Kitante Hill secondary school at 15000 for those she bought at 10,000 and 20,000 for those she bought at 15000 making a profit 5,000 on each pair. She also sells from her friend’s shop in bukoto after the mosque which deals in cosmetics who puts her shoes outside the shop. Fazirah’s business started with 100,000 and she has 300,000 working capital and she is planning to start a shop for shoes next year March

NASSOLO MAUREEN

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Nassolo Maureen joined WITU in 2014 for the 2nd Cohort and graduated in October that year. During her time at WITU, she was also running a Printing and Binding business at Nasser Road, that only paid when she got customers. It wasn’t a constant wage, so it wasn’t enough to cover her daily expenses. Maureen was also in her last semester at Makerere University pursuing a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences. Her commitment to her business, school and the CLSP Program at WITU interested the staff at WITU, who later offered her a job as a Program Assistant that would be able to earn her enough to cover all the her expenses. Maureen is still one of the most committed staff members at WITU.