Uganda: Business Planning with Kutamba Primary School

Last weekend, our Field Officers, Jenny and Fran travelled to Kutamba Primary School in Rukungiri District to deliver a workshop on Business Planning.  Kutamba Primary Schools is run by the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, an organization set up by Twesigye Kaguri, author of “The price of stones; building a school in my village”. The students at Kutamba , the majority of whom are orphans, have been selected from families from the local area who have been effected by the HIV/AIDS crisis that has plagued the area. The school provides these students with education, health and other support free of charge.

The school has many innovative projects, including a gravity fed water system and a goat project. The teachers worked with the field officers over two days to identify some feasible and potentially successful business ideas for their school that would help them generate some additional funds, and provide the students with a great learning opportunity!

The teachers brainstormed some great business ideas such as beekeeping, baking cakes and even a beauty salon! After completing a resource assessment, some market research and a SWOT Analysis – they identified three potentially successful business ideas; cabbage growing, basket & mat weaving and an expansion to their goat project.

Teachers undertaking Market Research 

Teachers undertaking market research in nearby trading centre 

The teachers then moved onto creating a management structure for their business and thinking of some great Marketing ideas. The teachers decided to improve on the advertising methods used by some local farmers, which in the case of goat meat involves hanging a goat head from a pole outside your farm!  

The teachers are now going to use the knowledge gained during this workshop to write a business plan and financial plan – and hopefully start a new school business that will engage and educate the students and generate some income!

Teachers playing warm up game "rabbit, spear, wall" 

If you would like Teach A Man To Fish to deliver a workshop at your school in East Africa– please contact jenny@teachamantofish.org.uk for more information on our low-cost technical assitance workshops. 

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