Mike Clargo brought us an amazing update from the business training programs in Kampala. A survey was carried out to review the efficiency of training completed in April and May 2011. In this time 252 people completed the training course, 25% of which started a new business, 51% say they can run their existing business better, and the amount of jobs being sustained by these entrepreneurs’ businesses increased by 54%.
The majority of the trainees said that the course had both inspired them to start or expand a business (many of whom were not in work at all before), and had taught them financial skills allowing them to regularly save.
Some comments from the trainees:
“I lacked a lot of business skills. I thought you set up a business for your problems, and as a result all my businesses were collapsing. But I’ve learnt that you have to pay for what you get out of your business. After the training I re-started and now my businesses are doing well.” – Namugosa Aminah (sucessfully growing mushrooms)
“I had an idea but never knew how to impliment it. I almost gave up but not anymore! Now I look at a bright future, thanks to you.” – Ongom Langom Ensious (now running a furniture making buisness)
“Before the training life was not good. I was not doing anything for a living, but thanks to the training not any more. Life has changed so much for the better. I can now take care of myself and my family [and] I’m able to save almost every day.” – Jennifer (now running a merchandise shop)
“I used to do my projects but use the revenue for my own things and afterwards I would have to look for capital again. They could have sustained themselves if I had used the money well. Now I’ve learnt to manage my business, for example not using business money for my own problems.” – Kahigimo Levi Ariganyira (rearing birds)
“I never knew how to balance my business and didn’t keep records. As a result attendants had stolen a lot of money from me. But now I know how to keep my records and the business is moving on well. I am able to save money every day.” – Mukasa Noah (runs a recreation centre)
“I had never even thought of doing business, I was just a housewife. When I came for the training I woke up and started this small business of mine.” – Muwanguzi Evelyn (sells parafin)
- Inadequate capital making it difficult for them to expand their businesses
- High operational costs because of the double digit inflation and reduced purchasing power from the customers.
- Some employees are not committed to their work.
Achievements from the training:
- Ability to save
- Courage to start businesses
- Proper record keeping
- Financial discipline (how to separate personal needs from business finance)
- Customer care
- Business planning
The materials used in these training programs is availiable on the TBN website here [http://www.tbnetwork.org/resources/training-materials/business-start-up/]
The original survey document can be downloaded below: __________