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Airtel Uganda in drive to boost reading culture

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The Kampala Central Mayor Mr. Charles Musoke Sserunjogi, National Library of Uganda official Stella Nekuusa and Airtel Legal Director Mr. Dennis Kakonge present the signed contracts at the event to launch free 4G Airtel internet.

L-R: Kampala Central Mayor Mr. Charles Musoke Sserunjogi, National Library of Uganda official Stella Nekuusa and Airtel Legal Director Mr. Dennis Kakonge present the signed contracts at the event to launch free 4G Airtel internet.

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As part of Airtel Uganda’s initiative to scale up ICT in education and promote the reading culture of Ugandans, the telco has today announced the connection of National Library of Uganda to fast and reliable free 4G network.

This announcement makes the National Library of Uganda the second beneficiary after Uganda Community Libraries Association in Kawempe.

Commenting about the initiative, Airtel Uganda Legal and Regulatory Director Mr. Dennis Kakonge said the initiative will benefit the entire country by improving access to records and the overall user experience of Ugandans when they visit the benefiting libraries.

“4G connectivity will offer an improved experience in internet-based research and online book access in Uganda. We know that lack of easily accessible content affects the reading culture of Ugandans and we believe that a stable internet connection is a positive step towards fostering a reading culture and increasing knowledge,” he noted.

The Guest of Honor Kampala Central Mayor, Mr Charles Musoke Sserunjoji, thanked Airtel Uganda for this initiative which he said will empower Ugandans.

“What Airtel has done today is a major step towards enhancing enrollment in public libraries and thus promoting reading culture in Uganda. Reading aids comprehension. With access to fast internet, service delivery especially in education will be enhanced to the benefit of the community and the nation.” he stated.

The National Library of Uganda is responsible for preserving Uganda’s literal heritage in form of Uganda’s oldest Agreements, News Papers, Photography, Literal works, assigning ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to published authors, preserving the writings of published authors, training librarians across the country, translating reading material into local languages amongst other duties.

According to officials from the National Library of Uganda, lack of reliable internet has been a major hindrance to the digitization of records in the library. They are to embark on the process now that they are connected to fast and reliable network thanks to Airtel.

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dfcu Bank flags off women entrepreneurs to Kenya for study excursion

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Belinda Namutebi, Council Member of dfcu Bank's Women Advisory Council flags off the women winners.

Belinda Namutebi, Council Member of dfcu Bank’s Women Advisory Council flags off the women winners.

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dfcu Bank in partnership with Monitor Publications Limited’s (MPL) flagship brand Daily Monitor and Uganda Investment Authority have flagged off the winners of ‘Rising Woman’ Season Two Initiative to an all-paid study excursion in Nairobi, Kenya. The trip is expected to enhance their understanding of their various businesses and expose them to best practices.

As part of the Bank’s commitment to support local women entrepreneurs and offer the best finance options for investment, dfcu Bank through its Women in Business Program (WiB) started ‘Rising Woman’ and collaborated with different partners to empower and accelerate the participation of women entrepreneurs in the business arena.

Since its inception over 35,000 women have benefited from capacity building sessions organized by the Bank in partnership with different stakeholders.

The 6-month nationwide Rising Woman campaign under the theme ‘Taking your Business forward’ attracted over 1,000 women entrepreneurs in the two-day business training sessions enlightening them on business matters such as; taxation, record-keeping, investment licenses, the importance of business registration and marketing. This was in addition to a two-day expo which provided women-headed businesses with a platform to showcase their products, services and share knowledge with other entrepreneurs which climaxed the campaign.

The trainings run alongside a proposal writing competition that saw 13 women entrepreneurs emerge victorious during the awards dinner at Hotel Africana. One delegate was chosen from the top ten winners of the proposal writing competition to represent their businesses in Nairobi.

The following women entrepreneurial groups emerged victorious in the competition; Western Silk, My Passion, Haziel Agencies, Living Love Ministries, Val Media Consultancy, AWA Foods, Sceck Consults, Aw Bamboo Enterprises Limited, Finem (U) Limited, Wegner Investment Limited.

Belinda Namutebi, Council Member of dfcu Bank’s Women Advisory Council officiated at the flag-off; congratulating the entrepreneurs and urging them to take advantage of the study tour and the benefits of the Bank’s tailor-made financial solutions for women.

One of the women entrepreneurs, Betty Mbaziira Kasabiiti, of Awa Foods, a dairy products processing company, was ecstatic about her latest achievements as a result of being part of the programme.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that dfcu Bank has given me to broaden my knowledge. Through the Rising Woman programme, I have managed to learn, increase my sales, advertise my products and gain more clients. Kenya is very big in the dairy sector in the region and I look forward to learning more from this trip,” Kasabiiti remarked.

“I am not a dfcu Bank customer, but I got to know about the programme through the media and I joined. I have been able to learn a lot on how to run my consultancy and be able to help other beneficiaries. Right now, we are focusing on earning through tourism and I hope that during this trip, I get to learn more about how to generate potential tourism revenues as well as tap into the Kenyan market through the connections we shall make,” said Kazoora Charlotte Mucunguzi another winner, with Sceck Consults, who specialize in youth and women economic empowerment trainings through financial advisory services.

This brings to twenty the number of women led businesses that have benefited from the skills building study rips conducted in 2019 and 2020.

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Live luxuriously in and around town on budget at fully furnished Eric Wilkins Apartments, open to public now

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Eric Wilkins apartments are a new home away from your home and are now open. The new apartments are located in different parts in and around Kampala. Eric Wilkins apartments first have been made affordable considering it will be a place everyone would love to spend, a day, week, month or even make home. They have been confirmed for tranquility and conducive ambiance around the city. The 2 bedroom lavish apartments are fully furnished and are available for short and long stay.

The website has learnt the apartments have availed packages for clients who can stay a day, week, month and even a year. They are located in Nyanama-Bunamwaya, Najeera and Entebbe.

Eric Wilkins apartments have 2 bedrooms, a modern fully equipped kitchen, Luxurious furniture, Spacious living and dining space, Gazebo with outdoor comfy furniture and family lounging shelter, Ample parking space, 24 CCTV surveillance and guaranteed security, Solar powered lights, Well equipped laundry area.

The new apartments are suitable for Couple getaways, Honeymooners, Retreat away from home, Business travelers, Expatriates and much more.

To book, go to www.ericwilkinsapartments.com or ericwilkinsapartments.co.uk or Contact Dauda Ashiraf on +256 785 61 52 65 / +256 702 61 52 65

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FRESH DAIRY KICKS OFF NEW YEAR WITH MEGA GOODIES HANDS OVER

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Fresh Dairy has today rewarded the final batch of winners for its Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge with an assortment of goodies to include Fresh Dairy flavoured yoghurt, Brookside fruit yoghurt, Long life UHT milk and flavoured milk.

The final six winners included Martha Kose, Mozes Bibangamba, Lewis Deshan, Mo Ni Que, Maisha and Bree Amollo who received their goodies at the Fresh Dairy offices.

The Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge which was run by My Food Network, a Facebook foodie platform for over a month now, climaxed during the festive season with an aim of showcasing authentic recipes by actual people in Uganda that incorporated Fresh Dairy products in cooking to include butter, ghee, plain yoghurt, fresh milk, fresh cream and Brookside fruit yoghurt.

Marketing Manager, Brookside Limited – Vincent Omoth said, ‘At Fresh Dairy we produce healthy and nutritious products that are ideal nutrition boosters for the whole family. Running this Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge during the 2019 festive season encouraged people to creatively cook while developing healthy recipes for the whole family using Fresh Dairy products to make pastries, barbecues and roasts, stir fried rice and chicken, smoothies and meal accompaniments among others.’

Omoth further noted that all winners were rewarded for not simply downloading internet images, but actually preparing healthy and nutritious meals for their families using Fresh Dairy products.

Omoth thanked all participants for taking part in the challenge and noted that Fresh Dairy will continue coming up with exciting promotions to encourage people to adopt healthy and nutritious lifestyles.

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