BOSCO Uganda’s team no longer fancy office work services, with our broad base at the community, we do more outreaches and now that we have pegged paradigm shift from hands-out to hands-on through business skill training, mentorship and rich networking for experience sharing, these soft skills is a life time empowerment. We envision end users not “beneficiaries” anymore but promising “development partners” with these scaling approach of skill’s impartment.
BOSCOUganda team, with the support from Horizont3000 to Enhance Humans Rights and Development through ICT fortified with the Overall Objective to Conduct 5 entrepreneurship trainings for 5 groups in 5 rural communities’ ICT Centres in Northern Uganda, yet again registered a milestone in accomplishing Entrepreneurship Essentials (EE) training late November 2016 from 22nd– 24th. Where a total of 118 participants (68 males, 50 females) out of the targeted 120 partners got reached to and trained from our selected Old ICT Centres in Amuru District Lacor P.7 School-Lamogi Sub County Nwoya District Alero, God’s Mercy Carpentry and Joinery – Purongo Sub County, and Agago district Lira Palwo-Lira Palwo Sub County and Gwok Ma Inongo Network – Paimol Sub County in Northern Uganda.
The recently concluded training targets participants who are already in business but also those who want to venture into businesses but lack the know-how, the drive and the inspiration, the training triggered putting in place practical actions to improve the livelihoods of the growing population of young people in rural and peri-urban ICT Centres for social progress and countering job gaps. This activity was meant to train 24 (12 males, 12 females) per site, but the influx of participants was overwhelming good. The content entailed generating individual business ideas, planning, marketing, costing and pricing, good record keeping and proper business management.
Most of participants selected categories of agriculture to improve productivity in the agricultural sector, retails and groceries, and services such barbers shops, boda-boda cycling and other micro and small enterprises. The team leader Komakech Denis Steward urged participants to be creative “go forth conduct multiplier effects of the knowledge gained to their respective community members in order to develop individual business ideas, maintain and have a sustainable business based on the available gaps in their community”. And as well adopt synergies to poll resources and skill expertise together.
Having been part of the facilitators, I was buoyed with the participant’s zeal, enthusiasm and optimism from question raised, such as “How do I counter my weakness from the SWOT analyse sections?” Asked Edward of Lira Palwo, as well their request for exhaustive training duration and one-on-one time for them to comprehensively grasp the content and apply in a practical manner to what rules business world. Credit to Technical Department for blending the repair and ICT maintenance during the training.
Photos Credit: Okot Solomon Nono & Kilama Elvis Christopher