Project Funded!

Business Training and Loans

Location: International, UG

Budget: $0.00

Still Needed: $0.00

Goal: Help aspiring entrepeneurs start their own business.

How You Can Help:

In 2018, Impact Nations conducted our first ever small business training course in Kampala, Uganda. 36 students were inspired and empowered to become self-sufficient. Among those students were recent graduates of the School of Purpose, where teenage mothers (victims of abuse) receive specific skills training.

Many of these young women have already achieved the goals they set for themselves and are now after greater goals! We would like to introduce you to several heroic girls who developed a business plan and built a life for themselves and their babies.

But there are so many more aspiring entrepreneurs waiting to get their business started. Small loans between $90 and $500 empower these students to get their small businesses going. Recipients meet in small teams every week to encourage one another and hold each other accountable to their stated goals. Our partners at The Remnant Generation, 92Hands, and Hope and Care Ministries facilitate the weekly meetings and are available throughout the week to provide additional guidance and coaching.


Updates


January 31, 2020

“This training had a great impact on the people around us. It has taught us very small basics that we often miss when starting up a business and end up failing in that business. This training has not only taught us to do business but also to run our homes effectively. Everyone who attended this training was so happy and encouraged. We want to thank you for bringing the team here and for the training.”
  - Meenakshi, Northern India

January 28, 2020

The Alternativ curriculum just finished it’s first run in India. They had 36 official students, ranging from age 15 to 51 Here is a short report from the training:

"There is a mother of five here who brings her babe in arms and 9 year old daughter. The 9 year old is doing all the workbook activities and answering questions. She’s definitely my youngest student yet and I’m hoping what she learns empowers change in her life. We are here changing mindsets!"


January 3, 2020

Through our partnership with Alternativ Business Curriculum, small business training has spread to Nepal! In fact, our Nepal trainers will be traveling to India in the coming months to share the curriculum. This will expand the vision and potential for women in India; just like it has in Uganda and Nepal. After becoming empowered by the business training, many women have a dream to start their own business. Small loans give these entrepreneurs the boost that they need to to become self-sufficient.


Meet Binita

Greeting from Nepal!


Thanks for the money that you had given for my business. I am blessed and happy to run Bonita's Bakery with the help of Impact Nations. From the start-up fund I bought a big oven, freezer, mixer, supplies, and others. All are running well and I am happy to use and learn many things. Among all the things, I also took money from start-up fund and had got to learn scooter from driving school. So, I passed the scooter trial and recently I bought a new scooter with my own money. Now it is easy to deliver the cakes  and buy supplies and have a good time management. So from the Bonita's Bakery people are loving our cakes. They feel like among all the bakeries, they love our taste and they are giving good feedback. Actually it gives me more courage and need to do more things. 


So recently, I did a record keeping on December and found that the Bonita's Bakery income was NPR 15,700 and the expense was like NPR 4,605. So the first time I put the tithe from Bonita's Bakery. It feels happy and blessed, so thank you again and please still remember in your prayers. If Bonita's Bakery gets more order, then I can hire staff from House of Hope woman/girls. It helps me and they will be empowered so, still I am learning to bake and decorate the cakes. So, I am searching the place where I can learn the skills of decorating cakes. For the marketing, we are making promotion videos and a social media. We are also participating in events. A lot of business comes from word of mouth.


Thank you for the opportunity to start my bakery.


Sincerely,
Binita Lama 



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Meet Bonita!

Greeting from Nepal!

Thanks for the money that you had given for my business. I am blessed and happy to run Bonita's Bakery with the help of Impact Nations. From the start-up fund I bought a big oven, freezer, mixer, supplies, and others. All are running well and I am happy to use and learn many things. Among all the things, I also took money from start-up fund and had got to learn scooter from driving school. So, I passed the scooter trial and recently I bought a new scooter with my own money. Now it is easy to deliver the cakes and buy supplies and have a good time management. So from the Bonita's Bakery people are loving our cakes. They feel like among all the bakeries, they love our taste and they are giving good feedback. Actually it gives me more courage and need to do more things.

So recently, I did a record keeping on December and found that the Bonita's Bakery income was NPR 15,700 and the expense was like NPR 4,605. So the first time I put the tithe from Bonita's Bakery. It feels happy and blessed, so thank you again and please still remember in your prayers. If Bonita's Bakery gets more order, then I can hire staff from House of Hope woman/girls. It helps me and they will be empowered so, still I am learning to bake and decorate the cakes. So, I am searching the place where I can learn the skills of decorating cakes. For the marketing, we are making promotion videos and a social media. We are also participating in events. A lot of business comes from word of mouth.

Thank you for the opportunity to start my bakery.

Sincerely,

Bonita Lama


Meet Sidet!

After completing the Alternativ business training, Sidet used her small loan of $100 to start a restaurant!




Meet the girls from The Remnant Generation…

Robinah
Type of Business: Fruit Salads

  • Robinah has started a fruit salad business selling fresh packed fruit salads to university students & staff of Ndejje University. The University has over 1000 students. This is where Robinah goes to school as well. She is working with 3 resident young mothers at the TRG Princess Shelter to assemble and pack the fruit salads. Robinah and 2 of her classmates sell fruit salads during class breaks and are beginning to take orders to make special fruit juice for birthday parties, introductions and weddings.


Alice
Type of Business: Liquid Soap

  • Alice started out making local sales and building her customer base. This will enable her to raise the the additional capital she needs to register her brand under Uganda Industrial Research where she will have access to more machinery, training for improved product quality and obtain a Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) certification.


Esther
Type of Business: Notebook Manufacturing

  • Esther makes counter books and supplies them to wholesale traders, stationery shops and to direct customers in Nateete business center, Kyengera and Nalukolongo. Esther also plans to set up a booth every back to school season in major trading centers to sale directly to customers as well. She is working on branding her counter books with a special logo and word of inspiration.


Imelda
Type of Business: Paper Bag & Notebook Manufacturing and Training

  • Imelda does not rent a place to work because the father gave her a shop where she will be working from. Imelda is planning to train groups of women and girls interested in learning book making, paper bag making in her community at a fee. Imelda wants to be the major supplier of counter books in Kakiri. She has already trained her siblings in making counter books so that its easier for her to have enough man power. Imelda has already managed to start small. She has been selling books to parents directly. This fund will enable her grow her business.


Sharon
Type of Business: Selling Snacks

  • Sharon set up a quick snack stand in Nateete trading center where she sells French fries (commonly known as chips) and chapatti. The Nateete business area has many boda boda riders, shop attendants and people working in the vegetable market that enjoy quick snacks for dinner. Sharon works during the evening, targeting customers who need to purchase a snack to eat at dinner time as they retire from the long day’s work. This allows her the opportunity to work in the hair saloon during day.


*This is an interest-free loan. A repayment schedule begins after two months with a minimum monthly payment of 10%. The funds collected will be re-invested in other aspiring entrepreneurs who have received the small business training and developed a business plan.