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Hoima Youth Business Platform

The Hoima Youth Business Platform initiative is pioneered by Swisscontact U-learn phase 2 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..

Hoima Youth Business Platform ongoing

Key Objectives of the Business Platform were:

  • Access for youthtorelevant 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.

Hoima Business Platform Overview:

The Hoima Youth Business Platform was held on Friday 18th October, 2019 from 10.00am at the Tick Hotel. The event involved the participation of the various stakeholders both public and private, including the local government which included the DCDO(District Community Development Officer), district production department, local banks and financial service providers, local youth and various local business community players.

Hoima Youth Business Platform – As it Happened

The platform took place in Tick Hotel’s Hall in Hoima District from 10.00am.

EVENT OUTPUTS:

Attendants 186: Total number of attendees/participants 186 people in attendance

Training Sessions (2) Business training sessions were conducted.

  1. Leadership in Entrepreneurship by Thomas Twesigye
    1. Financial Management  by Pritazio Mucunguzi
  2. The trainings were localized and participatory to ensure that all the youth benefitted from the sessions.

Access to Farm Inputs and farming Technical Advise;

The input

Access to Information On Opportunities

The opportunities shared included:

  • Kandy Construction
  • Delta Bees Ltd
  • ACTL
  • Natil Civil and Electrical Engineering Company
  • The Cooking School Uganda
  • Senior Experten Services(SES)
  • Curad and Swisscontact Agribusiness Challenge opportunity: CURAD Swisscontact National Agribusiness Innovation challenge was promoted to the platform attendees. This was done by both:
  • Moses Gateja-Swisscontact
  • Moses Katta-CURAD

Peer to peer sharing and learning:

There was lots of peer to peer learning and sharing especially during the side event sessions.

Exhibition of local technologies and products

Abanyu Simon(in Blue shirt) of Delta Bees Uganda, sharing with participants about his products

There was a variety of exhibitors from different sectors mainly in Agribusiness (including agro-processing) and hospitality. These included:

  1. Kaahwa Coffee
  2. Kabaale Youth Group
  3. HOCARITAS
  4. Kitara Community Seed bank
  5. Delta Bees
  6. Hoima Hospitality Youth Group
Kahwa Coffee team sharing about their products with participants

Access to Financial services through the presence of local financial service providers and banks:

  1. Centenary Bank-Came briefly during morning session then left before the side events started
  2. Finca Bank

Access to One on one Business Coaching and Advisory Support

Kandy Construction team offering advise to youth participants
  • Kandy Construction
  • ACTL.
  • Delta Bees Ltd
  • Finca Bank
  • SES Experts
Abanyu Simon of Delta Bees advising youth participants

Access to markets/off takers:

The participants were exposed to Agri-produce Buyers

  1. ACTL.
  2. Delta Bees Ltd

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

  • Hoima Youth Hospitality Group-263,500Ugx
  • Kabaale Youth Group-18,000Ugx
  • HOCARITAs-25,000Ugx
  • Buddeu Banana-2000ugx
  • Kitara Community Seed Bank-0Ugx
  • Delta Bees Ltd-140,000Ugx

Local Government Participation

The local government presence and participation of the officials who included: DCDO (District Community Development Officer), District Production Officer of Kikuube District amongst others.

Voluntary Contributions to the Platform by participants:

During the platform contribution boxes were made available, much later in the event as such there was minimum emphasis on the contribution boxes.

Qualitative Feedback:

These are the areas of attention that the Youths identified in the feedback form:-

I have understood how to improve my business

  • Suggested more time for training
  • Get bigger space
  • Product Competitions
  • Provide lunch as some participants don’t come with money
  • Preparations of Free Meals, more skilled advisors, more demonstrations
  • Conduct more practical trainings
  • Communicate about the platform early
  • Start the platform with a prayer

PLATFORM IMPACT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

  1. Impact of Platform to a Business:

The platform is expected to deliver great impact to  businesses. It helps them to reach more clients, gain knowledge, attain business growth and eventually increase profits. Specifically, businesses benefit from the platform by

Getting new contacts and referralsThe platform benefits businesses by enabling them to meet potential clients and/or generate referrals which can then follow up to become customers. The platform networking also helps business owners identify opportunities for partnerships, joint ventures, or new areas of expansion for the business.

Staying currentIn an ever-changing business climate it is important to keep up with the target market conditions as well as overall trends in your industry. The platform provides the avenue for a business to stay current.

Problem solvingThe platform often provides solutions to business problems due to the opportunity to access advisory support but also meeting more experienced people in areas of practice.

Sharing knowledge and experienceThe platform is ideal for expanding business owner’s knowledge by taking advantage of the viewpoints and prior experience of others.

Advice-: the platform provides opportunity for the business owner to meet people who will give advice on various matters that would help in improving the business.

Confidence and moraleMost business people are optimistic and positive. Regularly associating with such people can be a great morale boost, particularly in the difficult early phases of a new business. This allow positive influence.

Opportunities: The platform provides for various opportunities including: information, markets, partnership, client leads, joint ventures among others.

Raising business profile: the platform provides opportunities for the business to get noticed and be visible. This helps build a reputation for the business.

  1. Platform Impact on Inclusion:

The platform allows inclusive access to skills, networks and information, especially for the vulnerable youth in rural communities who are largely excluded hence making it easier for them to transform socially and economically to overcome poverty.

The platform approach of using both digital and physical models helps reduce “digital divides” between technology-empowered and technology-excluded communities, since they will be able to connect to the various opportunities during the platform meet-ups.

The platform strengthens youth’s participation in the economic development and working capacity hence making them a productive members of the community. This helps in reducing unemployment, poverty, people’s lack of prospects and deprivation ensuring social security and basic services.

  1. PPP-Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Community Development

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have become a vehicle to deliver products and services to the community. The physical platform allows the public administration to play a major role in partnerships establishing and operating with different community actors aiming at solving specific community problems. In the process of collaborating with other partners in the social economy, allows access to complementary resources, and increases in the credibility and public image of the partners, as well as the social benefit.

The public’s sector’s contribution of public facilities as venues and their mobilization support allows goodwill of the community in participating on the platform.

CHALLENGES/LIMITATIONS

  • The recommended MC had challenges with the local language hence necessitating us to engage one of the external speakers to take on the MC role.
  • Delays by the second speaker which affected the program flow of the event
  • The DCDO(final speaker) demanded to use time as he pleased hence affecting the time management.
  • Some unconfirmed officials appearing and had to be fixed on the program. For example the Enabel representative

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