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My Craft Business

It’s been amazing to be a part of Kigezi Tours in Kabale, western Uganda. I have worked with the organization for three years as a volunteer and that is my pride to work. I came up with an idea of starting a craft business within Kigezi Tours because many guests who come to  need African crafts to remember their trip in Uganda. I had started it on a small scale because I had little capital but now I’m able to supply crafts for at least a group of 50 people who come and stay at the Kigezi Tours apartment complex in Kabale. I have learned how to make some of the crafts like weaving hand baskets, knitting decorative flower designs that actually have made me live my life. I always encourage young people to be creative and learn to discover many things in other to earn a living. I call upon the organizations, groups and individuals who need African crafts from Uganda to visit my website.
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Entrepreneur

ENTREPRENEUR Is a person who takes the risk of starting a new organization or introducing a new idea, product or service to society. HOW I BECAME AN ENTREPRENEUR. 1 It was my personal idea and the interest I developed for business and taking risks with the aim of making profit. Any person who assumes risks of any business and therefore owns the business enterprise is an entrepreneur, irrespective of the size and mode of the business. 2 It does not need big amounts of money to start a business but one thing you must know is to be satisfied with what you have, be sure of your self. The social environment must be good and learn to tolerate hard situations no matter the circumstances may be . 3 Don’t always wait for somebody to give you instructions since it is your personal idea, but you can always consult where necessary to be in the right positions. 4 Right from the beginning, avoid bad groups by all means because not every body is happy of what you are doing. Good friends will always…

Self-Employment

According to my understanding, self-employment is a chosen career that enables an individual to create his or her own income-generating activity, using the available resources which may either be borrowed or personally owned. I have realized that those that undertake self-employment benefit from the following: High degree of independence; as time goes on and you maintain your business well, you will start to employ people to help you. However, you still to have make the right decisions.High degree of job security in self-employmentIncreased innovation and creativity, as a result of the self-employed person making profits.More self-confidence; I now have more self-confidence within me and a belief in my own abilities since I work under no one’s direction, supervision and control but my own.Efficient resource utilization and good accountability since there is a personal attachment to work. The work situation is entirely under my own control.Knowledge of best practices, like buying good …

Graduate Unemployment

This is a situation where academic graduates from institutions of higher learning (colleges and universities) fail to get employment in either their areas of specialization or any other relevant fields of work. For example, in Uganda and other developing countries, many university and college graduates fail to find work and end up competing for casual labour or blue collar jobs with the semi-educated or uneducated. Last year on January 14, I had a very good discussion with Jim Bell, the director of Mechanics Beyond Borders (MBB) based in Canada, about business. At that time I was not as focused and undecided which business would earn me a living. Not until Jim talked to me in his kind and professional manner did I finally come to understand my position. He kept on interviewing me in various ways for so long. That’s when he told me that I’m capable of managing a business and that I must start on a small scale with a little capital. We young people sometimes need career guidance from o…

Cooking with ‘Patsy’ – Food & Nutrition Workshops with Mother

For international volunteers and visitors who come to Kabale, Uganda, to learn about KIHEFO’s approach to development and on the ground activities, the majority are hosted by a very special KIHEFO volunteer named Letiru Patricia, or ‘Patsy’ as some have called her with great affection. Patricia is originally from the Northern District of Arua, though she’s been working in Kabale with KIHEFO via Kigezi Tours for over three years. She’s the face of KIHEFO to guests who stay at the apartments in Kabale, helping to make visitors feel welcomed and comfortable in their new surroundings. Patricia works tirelessly to attend to large groups, including Kindness in Action and TO – the WORLD dental brigades who visit for two-week long marathon-like medical and dental camps. She cooks, cleans, washes, informs, cares for, and entertains both Ugandan and international volunteers with her great sense of humor. Indeed, Patsy plays a very unique role within the KIHEFO Family. What many people don’t re…

Patricia's Story

Patricia Letiru’s story begins in Vurra village in the Arua District in northern Uganda, where she was the last of six children born to Rosemary and Jackson Dradiku. Patricia’s adolescent years were marked by the death of several close family members, including her eldest brother and sister, and her father.Patricia’s second oldest sibling, Beatrice Alezuyo, died of HIV/AIDS in 1996. Before she died, she was working in Yumbe District as a women’s counsellor and community peer educator. She married a Muslim man called Kasim Ayisuga, to whom she was married for around three years without bearing a child.
Beatrice was a lovely and jolly lady, and she was very sociable with anybody who was close to her. Her home was open to anybody who needed help and comfort. She taught Patricia and her other younger siblings how to love one another and she also taught them how to live within their limited rural means. Beatrice was the most respectable and respected person in the whole clan of Ambale, be…

The Nutrition Facts of My Peanut Butter

Hi everybody!  Today I post a new article on my blog: I want to share with you the nutritional facts of my organic peanut butter. 
It is a natural product, 100 % from vegetal origin, made with groundnuts and sesame seeds only. No additives. It is a source of fat, which is the main ingredient. Although, it is mainly unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated ones (23 g/100 g) and polyunsaturated ones (17 g/100 g), which are “good fats” involved in the anti-inflammatory process, thanks to their ability of repairing cells damage. The content of saturated fats, the “bad ones”, is very low and cholesterol is absent. Compared to other fatty foods (butter, oil, margarine…), peanut butter has a high content of protein (24 g/100 g), which are 100% from vegetal source.  It is a source of fiber (8,3 g/100 g), which is important in gut regulation and it moderates glucose and cholesterol absorption. It is a good source of vitamins, in particular: vitamin E (7,6 mg/100 g), which is a powerful antioxi…