August Newsletter 
Building bridges for entrepreneurs!

August has been a phenomenal month as we continue to build bridges and scale impact for micro and small entrepreneurs. This month The Community Leaders collectively trained and supported 305 youth entrepreneurs across seven districts of Uganda. 81% of the entrepreneurs are women and 98% of them are running active micro and small businesses in their communities. The Community Leaders collectively invested over 600 hours in training and peer support activities this month.

In this newsletter, we share some of the highlights from these trainings and community engagements.

We are hopeful that September will provide us with more opportunities for growth and impact.

Thank you for believing in this vision and continuing to walk the journey with us.

Building bridges for entrepreneurs to thrive
Across seven districts of Uganda, our Community Leaders are committed to leaving no entrepreneurs in their communities behind. They are building bridges for the entrepreneurs to thrive by bringing the business trainings closer to them. 98% of the youth entrepreneurs they have worked with were attending business training for the very first time. Most of them noted that the challenge is finding time to step away from their businesses to attend such trainings. The CLs work with the entrepreneurs to find the most suitable time and locations that would enable them to attend the trainings. This has enabled both men and women that often time excluded from formal business trainings to take part in the Business Plus ICT program.

Below are some of our CLs in action
Beneficiary Testimonials
“In my business, I didn’t know whether am making profits or losses, I would wake up and set a price depending on my feeling and sometimes would set it below the average market price. All this was because I didn’t keep records and I would only count money in the drawer at the end of the day. Sometimes I would forget to account for some customers who would take items on credit. I attended the Kyusa training and for sure I have changed. I learnt that I have to always record all the transactions, be it stocking, sales, expenses, incomes, and debts. I have to always save to be able to fulfill my vision. I wish more trainings such as these ones keep coming in our community."

“When I heard about the Kyusa program that is empowering the youth, especially women in business, I decided to participate. I knew that I generate income from tailoring, but through the business training, I have realized that my income comes from Machine hiring (lending out my machine at a fee to other tailors), clothes repair, and the sale of African fabric. They also taught us about record keeping, through these records am now able to identify where I should invest more money and resources.  I appreciate Kyusa for helping me know this vital information.”

“I attended a two-week business training where I learnt to be responsible for my future and how I can own and sustain a business. Kyusa helped me a lot to explore available business options and now I have started my own business where I deal in items like Charcoal, Onions, Tomatoes, mangoes, passion fruits, cassava Matooke, cabbages and many other foodstuffs. After the training, I discovered the various opportunities that were available (free space) for my business success. I discovered that I could share the same customers with my employer and they could purchase more from me than him. I encourage all other Youth to participate in the program because you cannot remain the same after the training and it’s free of charge. Appreciations to Kyusa.”

Grace Atai a vegetable vendor that went through the Business Plus ICT program. She shares some of her most outstanding lessons from the kyusa program.

Immaculate, One of the kyusa Beneficiaries in Soroti shares some of her learning Outcomes.
Community Leaders Testimonial
As an entrepreneur, having self-confidence will have benefits that go far beyond just feeling good about yourself. Your confidence touches everything you are involved in and will help you in living the successful life you dream of.
Eunice is a Community Leader from Tororo and appreciates how her confidence grew during the 7days of training.
Business Insights From Alumni

In this edition of Things I wish I knew before starting a business, Maureen Nalubega Walugembe of CrystalMind Motivation Ltd shares her own experience. 

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Business Resources

Books by Ugandan entrepreneurs that we recommend you read. 

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6 Inspirational social media accounts to follow as an entrepreneur in Uganda.
Tools for Entrepreneurs 
Business Nuggets
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