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Masindi Youth Business Platform

The Masindi Youth Business Platform initiative is pioneered by Swiss Contact towards enabling the young people gain knowledge, share their experiences, opportunities, best practices and benefit from the networking opportunities within. The platform encourages inclusive participation of young people to tap into various opportunities that result into employment or sustainable livelihood opportunity. The platform allows the youth to connect to a broader range of people, stakeholders and networks.

Some participants arriving from various parts of Masindi

Key Objectives of the Business Platform were:

  • Access for youth to relevant knowledge/skills in areas of interest.
  • Access to market; connection to markets for their products and services.
  • Access to locally available skills and technologies as exhibited in the business platform. Exhibition of relevant local techniques and technologies to promote successful practices
  • Peer to peer connections, experience sharing and learning.
  • Access business advisory: to provide business advisory support to one on one or group of participants depending on area of interest.
  • Access to Youth Support Organizations with relevant services or opportunities: to share opportunities relevant to the youth.

Masindi Platform Overview:

Participants arriving at the platform event

The Masindi Youth Business Platform was held on Tuesday 16th December, 2019 from 9.45am at Hotel Lado Entertainment Hall. The event involved the participation of the various stakeholders both public and private, including local banks and financial service providers, local youth and various local business community players.

Masindi Youth Business Platform – As it Happened

Participants Registering on arrival

The platform took place Hotel Lado Entertainment chambers in Masindi District from 09.30am. The participants who attended came from different parts of Masindi using different means of transport including as lorries, bodabodas and foot to enable them reach the venue. 

EVENT OUTPUTS: The platform event was attended by total number of  324 participants.

1)Access to knowledge/skills through training

George Sande of Ariel Consulting sharing Agribusiness tips to participants

Two(2) training Sessions were conductedthese included:

  • Business Management & Mindset by Mr. John Paul a local Agribusiness consultant and trainer.
  • Financial management best practices by Gilbert Iraga the Centenary branch manager of Masindi.

The trainings were localized and participatory, although we also provided interpreters of the two major local languages spoken in Masindi that is (Lunyoro and Lugbara) to ensure that all the participants benefitted from the sessions.

2)Access to Business Advisory

The two key speakers that conducted the training were available after their sessions to provide one-on-one advisory support.

Teddy Ruge of RainTree Farms(Masindi) shares on how to succeed as an Agri-preneur

3) Access to Farm Inputs and farming Technical Advise;

Various Agronomy organizations and individuals attended the platform event. They provided one on one agricultural advisory support while  some interacted with farmers and sold various farm inputs on their exhibition booths set outside the hall.

4)Access to Information on Opportunities

Various opportunities were shared that ranged from farm visits and trainings most of them to happen early next year. The Opportunities included:

Humprey Bwire(Imuka Team) sharing the details about the virtual platform
  • Plusgri-enterprise Field days: Plugsgri Enterprise represented by Mr John Paul shared the opportunity of field days which included setting up of maize demonstration farms on a small plot of (10×10) meters, harvest and equate the yields to a one acre plot of land. They will also give training on the use of Agro-chemicals.
  • Labongo-Youth Farmers Group Bee Keeping farm visit: Mr. Kizza Kenneth made an open invitation for a Bee farm visit to the participants to practically learn and share knowledge relating to Bee keeping.
  • Yimuka Uganda Liquid soap making trainings: Yimuka Uganda-represented by John Ssansa presented life skill opportunities and shared training opportunity Liquid soap making to be conducted on the 20th January, 2020 in Masindi at a fee of 20,000/= in the same venue.
  • Raintree Farms ltd training. Represented by Mr. Teddy Ruge. Shared opportunitites in growing Moringa Oleifera crops. They have a 30 acre farm located in Masindi District which is supplied by a network of over 150 farmers. In March of 2020 they will be providing Technical support and training to farmers interested in growing, processing Rain trees and moringa products at a fee of 750 Dollars a week. 
  • Operation Wealth Creation(OWC) local representative was able to share opportunities on accessing various farm inputs being distributed under the OWC program.
  • Virtual Platform Opportunities: Imuka Access represented by Bwire Humprey who presented local opportunities on the virtual platform and how to access the information.
  •  Yuvraj TVS-Shared opportunities within there organization of owning Motorcycles through payments in installments.
  • Ariel Consultation and Technologies ltd represented by Tom Sande presented the input and market opportunities they have for oil seeds (soya, chia and sheanut).

5) Peer to peer sharing and learning:

There was lots of peer to peer learning and sharing especially facilitated by the speakers who were interactive in their facilitation by involving use of questions to ensure understanding by the participants.

6)Exhibition of products to platform participants:

Exhibitor sharing with a participant during the platform event

There were a number of exhibitors from different sectors ranging from Agro-products, inputs, processing and hospitality, financial services and Business Training, Coaching and Advisory Support.

The Agro-products, inputs, processing and hospitality included,

  • KK foods[Name of Representative]
  • Tom Sande-Agro In-put-Ariel Consulting
  • Raintree Farms ltd -Represented by Teddy Ruge
  • Delta Bees represented by Abanyu Simon
  • Plusgri-Enterprises represented by John Paul
  • Masindi Cooking School Uganda – Hospitality  

7) Access to financial services

Various financial service providers attended the platform to share and showcase various products and services they had to offer. These included:

  • MADFA Sacco-Shared the opportunities within the Sacco
  • Jubilee insurance-Represented by Ms Luiz
  • Finca Bank- banking and Financial services
  • Centenary Bank-Banking and Financial Services
  • Post Bank-shared various opportunities they had for the youth

The exhibitors were also able to make sales of their products/services as per below:

  • Masindi Cooking School Uganda[Name of Representative] from sold snacks and refreshments – 259,000/=
  • Delta Bees represented by Abanyu Simon sold honey cups and bottles – 70,000/=
  • Yimuka Uganda represented by John Ssansa sold liquid soap jerricans – 50,000/=
  • Tom Sande’s Ariel Consulting Agro-Input sold agricultural inputs – 35000/=
  • Centenary Bank -one account opened – 10,000/=

Plusgri Enterprises represented by John Paul sold agricultural products

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