Seeing youth dreams come to life

Uganda’s population is currently at 35 million people with the youth unemployment standing at about 80 per cent. According to a 2013 study by the Labour and Education ministries, out of the nearly 400,000 graduates that are churned out by the different training institutions annually, less than 100,000 are able to find jobs.

So in the bid to curb this, Nile Breweries Ltd, in partnership with Enterprise Uganda, has launched the Kick Start programme aimed at mentoring a Ugandan youth. The initiative is expected to help reduce the problem of unemployment by turning the ideas of the participants into real businesses.
The programme was launched on the July 11, 2014, and will be showing on NTV Uganda every Monday at 7.30pm, with airing having started on of October 27.

Criteria
Participants were required to apply and a total of 135 entries were received, from which only 75 applications were considered. There after, 25 business ideas were considered for presentation to judges from which only 20 stood the test to join the TV show.

Among business plans in the running are the oil re-refining by Geoffrey Ssekatawa, whose concept is to refine used oil into new oil. He hopes to use the oil to make four stroke engine oil.

Solomon Ajuna, on the other hand, is refining his avocado natural solutions, a concept to maximise the untapped benefits in the avocado plant, ranging from seed, leaves, stem and the fruit. The main product of the business is caffeine free avocado tea.

Making organic fertilisers using dry bones by Maureen Chekwemoi is another idea where she seeks to produce a cheaper fertiliser product as compared to what is currently on the market with Emanu Georwell fish caging. The concept is to grow fish in cages thus reduce pressure on the lakes that are getting depleted.

Every week, one contestant will get eliminated. So far, one participant, Byron Bazira, has been eliminated due to property rights issues. His making baby diapers concept was not original, and thus had him eliminated. The winner shall be announced at the grand finale on December 11.

ghaguma@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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