KNOWLEDGE IS POWER AN INNOVATION BY UGANDA NETWORK OF BUSSINESSES (UNB)

Is to promote creation of businesses as a form of employment, supplement incomes and improve operations of micro and small businesses.

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  • English

Organization name

Uganda Network of Businesses

Year founded

2006

Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 250 - 500

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: City

(Kampala)

Location(s) of impact

Uganda: Kampala, Wakiso and Sironko

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Unemployment is alarming in Uganda and Africa in general. Students (youth) in vacation for 9 months become redundant, so they are exposed to social and health problems like HIV/AIDS. Low incomes demand and pressure on limited available resources is high due to increasing population. People opt to sale land to settle for simple jobs in towns. Rural people lack essential skills and access to vital information on markets. Poor succession plans and cultural norms lead to short lifespan of existing businesses.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

We make partnerships while focusing on personal identification, market research, business identification and registration, business planning, strategic planning, marketing, risk management, business ethics, business records, business audits, and legal issues in business and rights, social entrepreneurship. All this we target to promote creation of favorable businesses as a form of employment for the unemployed and also to supplement incomes of the low income workers by creating micro and small businesses. We help them understand the need to have good business succession plans. We majorly focus on three sectors; agriculture, manufacturing and services such as aggro-businesses and renewable energy, packaging and branding of products. We share and translate practical knowledge, skill and vital information. Through all this our members are motivated to create sustainable businesses.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Despite the effect of poverty, famine and inflation good ideas have been adopted by various groups in our networks such as fish farming, bio-gas and charcoal briquettes making from available and waste materials, leather sandals, piggery, poultry, mushroom growing, chicken hatcheries and others. Rural Mother At Risk-Africa as a primary beneficiary has reached a total number of 200 unprivileged rural women. Many youth groups have been formed through training of 50 youths per clinic and are involved in aggro businesses, value chains addition, such as packaging and branding of hot paper, coffee, honey, hydration of assorted fruits, and extraction of eucalyptus oil among others. Record keeping has helped them to evaluate businesses. Through our Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO) we help members to access finances to increase production and recruit more people. By so doing all available resources are optimally utilized for sustainable rural developed.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

The initiative is fully supported by the organization funds (100%) raised from membership fees (10%), dividends from our Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (20), profits from our business demonstration projects (50) and regular remittances from businesses we start for members (20). The above scheme ensures long term financial sustainability to our initiative.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

We holistically provide tailor-made, inclusive businesses for sustainable rural development. We build confidence and competence to start and run a business for better quality of life right from students in the vacation and thereafter.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Uganda Network of Businesses (UNB) is a Membership Business Organization (MBO) that promotes job creation through establishment, growth and sustenance of businesses for inclusive sustainable economic growth and development founded by practicing business persons that are ready to mobilize, share and motivate individuals to engage in businesses. With many challenges and shortcomings, we have had things happen. With achieved success so far we congratulate ourselves for moving towards a positive direction and we are confident that our participation in change maker is timely for us to move further.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Upon recommendation from others
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Eucalyptus oil extraction.jpg

The extraction of eucalyptus oil is an aggro-based technology. It is grown in almost all the districts of Uganda. The revenue estimate is US$ 35,568 per ananum from production capacity of 6,240kg and an investment of US$24,075. Eucalyptus oil is used in a variety of industries including making tooth pastes, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and pesticides. It’s lucrative and almost inexhaustible for the youth income generation.

Local hens for eggs.jpg

Rearing local hens help to produce eggs or meat for income and nutrition, when it hatches more chicks, the excess is sold to other farmers. With production of 162,000 trays of eggs annually and1, 350 off layers annually. Revenue potential is estimated at US$18,520 annually. The initial capital investment cost for the project is US$ 865. The same business can help support gardens in form of fertilizer from chicken drops. Demand for local eggs is very high and fetches a higher price market

Drying fruits.jpg

Uganda has a wide variety of perishable fruits like mangoes, pineapples, jack . To retain the freshness, colour, flavor and texture of fruits, the fruits are Osmo-air dried. Osmo-air dried fruits are widely used in ready-to-eat foods, ice creams fruit salad cakes and bakery. This activity is set up in rural areas with poor transport to good markets. The plant has a capacity of 31,200 kgs per year allowing revenue estimates of US$ 31,200 per year at a cost of US$ 24,740. The plant is imported

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Robinah Winnie Nandudu , thanks for sharing this idea! It sounds like you offer a valuable service to businesses in your network. As you move forward, perhaps you can provide more detail on the innovative aspects of the services you offer--how they are different from other business networks that have in-house consultancy services.

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Thanks for your contribution Natalie, our innovation in this ideal idea is that our target groups tend to differ from other players in the service. Our focus begins right from primary leaving children in long vacations. Here we give chance to all people who go through primary education with life skills and also to get prepared for challenges along their pathways to life bearing in mind that almost everybody go through primary school level. By so doing, we target almost everyone going through primary education hence opening up for the biggest population without limiting services to few school dropouts at tertiary levels or job seekers. Our strategy easily causes a multiplier effect in all stages of life. Apart from addressing economic aspect, we also address social and reproductive health which others don't as a holistic element. Our services are practically tested and proved before sharing out to our clients where as others only pass on knowledge. We are in position to provide extra support to our target groups in form of credit and market research. Our involvement is in almost all fields of investment given our diverse professionalism and competences. That's why they are described as inclusive.