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UBL rewards youth in Northern Uganda

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UBL has given cash rewards to 10 youth from Northern Uganda for their startup businesses.

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Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) has given cash rewards to 10 youth from Northern Uganda for their startup businesses. These youths received a reward of Ugx 15 million for excelling in the UBL skills for life program.

UBL, under the skills for life scheme, in October 2018 offered 30 scholarships worth shs 116 million to young, academically talented but financially challenged students from the farming communities in Northern Uganda. Under project, UBL provided funds to cover tuition, entrepreneurship training and mentorship that enabled the students to start businesses in their communities.

“At Uganda Breweries, one of our key priority areas is skilling youth in order to secure a sustainable future. Under our Skills for Life Initiative, we continue to offer special opportunities to the nation’s brightest scholars who are less fortunate. We not only offer them scholarships but also provide career guidance and mentorship on business start-ups and expansion skills which the youth can later use to increase job opportunities in their communities, improve their incomes and eradicate poverty in the long run.” Charity Ekudu Kiyemba, the Uganda Breweries Legal and Corporate Relations Director said.

“From the total beneficiaries that we sponsored and skilled in 2018, we are happy to share that all have finished school and gone ahead to start businesses of their own. However the 10 youths that we are rewarding today put up exceptional and valuable businesses which we are proud to recognize.” She added.

UBL has given cash rewards to 10 youth from Northern Uganda for their startup businesses.

The scholarship project is managed and run on behalf of UBL by technical expert, Enterprise Uganda, who have vast experience in SME development, training and mentorship in entrepreneurship. Enterprise Uganda was in charge of skilling, mentoring and training the students as well as selecting the top performing businesses to receive the seed capital.

Explaining the criteria they used to pick the students to receive the reward money, Rosemary Mutyabule from Enterprise Uganda said, “We selected the best young entrepreneurs based on their capacity to execute and implement business projects. We also assessed the sales that were made since they started the business, the profits made, the number of employment opportunities that have been created by the business and the general contribution of the business to the neighboring community.”

“For example 21 years old Betty Apoo from Kitgum technical Institute in December 2018 set up a tailoring business and a Simsim business in Rackoko, Pader district. Her initial capital was shs 98,000/= borrowed from her aunt. She made sales of Shs 1,000,000/= and a profit of shs 510,000/=. Betty is now supporting her family and paying school fees for her two children.”

“Similarly, Auma Sunday Okee (22 years) set up a maize grain farm in Mucwini, Kitgum district using capital of shs 98,000/=. She earned sales of shs 1,611,000/= and a profit of shs 1,446,000/=. Ojok Christopher from St Daniel Comboni started a piggery and brick making business in February 2019 with capital of shs 150,000. He has so far made sales of shs 560,000 and currently employs 6 people in his brick laying business.”

The youth that have received the seed capital are Nelson Mandela, Christopher Ojok, Innocent Wokorach, Geoffrey Opoka, Bongomin Calvin from St Daniel Comboni in Gulu, Auma Sunday Okee, Ocen David, Apoo Betty Canwak, Okema John Kelly and Ayaa Rosemary from Kitgum Technical Institute.

Since inception in 2001, the Uganda Breweries Skills for Life Initiative has awarded over 200 university scholarships to bright and needy students across East Africa, with 40 of them from Uganda.

In 2017, UBL re-focused their scholarships to focus on Technical and vocational courses in response to the cry for more practical entrepreneurial skills for the youth to reduce unemployment levels around the country. UBL has so far awarded scholarships worth UGX 230m to 70 students in vocational schools in Northern, Western and Central Uganda. Every year the company will be giving out scholarships to students from the different regions around the country.

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Over 19,000 customers rewarded as the Shell 10 Weeks of Cheer campaign comes to an end

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Winners from the Shell 10 weeks of cheer campaign pose for a group photo with Vivo Energy Officials.

Winners from the Shell 10 weeks of cheer campaign pose for a group photo with Vivo Energy Officials.

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A total of 19,365 customers have been rewarded with prizes worth UGX 500M in the just concluded Shell 10 weeks of cheer campaign, a national promotion by Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda.

The campaign was announced in December to reward customers during the festive season and infuse extra cheer throughout the holidays and the beginning of the year.

It had a presence across a total of 105 Shell stations countrywide to ensure convenience for customers across the country.

Traversing all regions of Uganda and reaching a total of 24 towns to spread cheer, the campaign held exciting engagements reaching 60,000 customers, 9,000 of whom could not hold back their joy at going home with branded merchandise, fuel vouchers and home grocery packs.

Speaking at a final prize redemption at Shell Bugolobi, Mark Mutungi, the Fuels Brand Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda thanked customers for participating in the campaign.

“Since December, we have celebrated our customers and gifted them for doing business with us. This campaign was for all our customers including boda riders, taxi drivers, private motorists and truck drivers that use Shell fuels, lubricants or shop services.”

Since December, customers who spent UGX50,000 at a participating Shell station were handed draw coupons requiring them to enter the competition by sending a unique code and their license registration number to 8008 by SMS.

“I have consistently been a Shell customer for 10 years and counting. I am glad that my loyalty to Shell has yielded rewards for me. I was happy to be among the lucky winners of the recently concluded promotion,” Umar Mustafa Badola one of the winners said.

In addition to the instant rewards, 10 weekly draws were also held across the country that saw customers win jackpot prizes of fuel worth UGX500,000 and UGX50,000 for motorists and riders respectively.

“I could not believe my luck when I was given fuel worth 500,000 after spending only 50k! I have been smiling all the way to the pump, without needing to worry about budgeting for fuel,” said Veronica Ndagire one of the jackpot winners.

“We would like to thank all our customers who continue to choose Shell. Our customers are at the heart of our business and we look forward to even more opportunities to interact and engage with them as we make life’s journeys better,” Mutungi concluded.

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Coca-Cola enabling women start retail businesses

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Flavia Nabaasa (R) hands over of a cooler to one of the beneficiaries during a ceremony held at UMA show grounds on Thursday.

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda has handed over coolers to women to enable them start businesses in the retail category. This is part of a bigger Coca-Cola initiative called 5 by 20.

5 by 20 is the Coca-Cola Company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 Million Women entrepreneurs across the Company’s value chain by the year 2020.

According to Flavia Nabaasa, the Business Development & Commercialization Director CCBA in Uganda, the company is well on track to delivering on their global commitment.

“We had a target of empowering 35,000 women in Uganda by the year 2020,” Flavia Nabaasa told media during the cooler handover ceremony held at UMA show grounds on Thursday. “We have so far empowered 33,000 women and are certain to deliver on our global commitment by the end of the year.”

In Uganda, women usually face several challenges when doing business such as lack of basic business skills, lack of financial services / assets and lack of access to peer to peer networks and mentorship among others.

Through the 5 by 20 initiative, women are also offered access to business skills training and connections with peers and company sales executives who are always at hand to offer continuous monitoring of the business which helps in offering the much-needed foundation for building a successful business.

“We believe there is no better investment than women to spur economic growth and foster sustainable development. Women reinvest 90% of their income in their family and community, so by supporting women, we are building sustainable communities through this ripple effect.” Flavia Nabaasa added.

The event was also graced by madam Joyce Kizza, one of the successful Coca-cola distributors  who lauded the women for embracing business and encouraged them to continue working hard. She also tipped them on how to run a successful business saying they should always treat their employees as well a customers with respect and always be honest in their dealings.

Meanwhile, the company has this year so far received 1851 coolers which are being issued to customers across the country with women in the retail category being the beneficiaries of this process. The women are also given startup stock to go along with the coolers.

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MTN Uganda partners with Baobab Circle to enable customers easily manage their health

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In another effort to enhance value for its customers, MTN Uganda has unveiled a mobile solution that enables customers to manage their health in order to reduce the risk of complications like stroke, blindness, kidney disease among others.

MTN Uganda partnered with Baobab Circle Limited, a London based health technology company to provide a health application named “Afya Pap” to its customers. Through the Afya Pap mobile App, MTN customers will have access to remote monitoring of their vitals, health, diet and exercise information that helps reduce or delay development of health complications. The App is powered by artificial intelligence for personalized diabetes, hypertension, vitals tracking, meal planning and physical exercise planning.

Customers can download the Afya Pap mobile App from the Google Play store and register to use it. All new users of the App will be given a 14-day FREE trial inclusive of data. Upon expiry of the FREE trial, customers can then buy subscription using MTN MoMo within the Afya Pap App. The available subscription plan is 30 days at ONLY UGX 4,000, inclusive of the data for using the App.

MTN Uganda Chief Marketing officer Somdev Sen said MTN believes in meaningful partnership as a way of making the world a brighter place for her customers and all Ugandans.

“We are all good together. They developed the app and we have the means to make it convenient and affordable for the users. As the mobile device continues to become a central part of our customer’s lifestyle, we intend to create more services for them to use on the phone so they can get more value out of it. With this app, we hope to further brighten the lives of our customers,” Somdev said.

Baobab Circle Limited, a renowned London based health Technology Company with operations in Sub- Saharan markets, the Middle East and spreading its wings in East Africa, specializes in digital mobile intervention programs for remote patient monitoring and applied health signals in the management of chronic conditions.

Spencer Matonhodze, Chief Commercial Officer of Baobab Circle said the mobile application is seamlessly integrated with smart glucometers and blood pressure monitors, allowing users to conveniently test their sugar and BP levels using their mobile phones and store the data, which can automatically be shared with their care partners who could be either a family member and or a personal doctor through a caregiver module. The application also allows 24/7 accessibility to a medical practitioner, nutritionists and sports therapist.

The Afya Pap application was first launched in August of 2015 and is now available in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Egypt among other countries.

The application has won several awards including the Sanofi Diabetes Innovation Challenge (2019), AMREF health innovation challenge (2018) and Nominated for the GLOMO health innovation award at World Mobile Congress (2019) among others.

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SafeBoda to offer free medical services to riders in week-long health camp

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SafeBoda has announced a health camp in which they will offer free medical services including diagnosis and treatment to all its riders.

The health camp dubbed ‘Obulamu bwo bwe bugagga bwo’ will be hosted at the SafeBoda Academy in Kyebando and is expected to benefit at least 15,000 SafeBoda riders and their families, as well as ordinary residents of Kyebando and neighboring areas.

Speaking during the launch ceremony, Shakib Nsubuga, the Innovations Manager at SafeBoda said, “Our SafeBodas spend at least 90% of their time working, and hardly invest time in health-related issues, We believe that this camp will help close the access gap to these crucial medical services and create more positive health outcomes for our drivers and our community at large.”

In her speech, the Honorable Minister for Kampala, Hon. Benna Namugwanya applauded SafeBoda for their continued commitment to improve not only safety in Kampala but also to improve the livelihood and wellbeing of SafeBoda drivers. She stated that the ministry’s doors are open to all and pledged support and collaboration towards the improvement of livelihoods of the people in Kampala.

The week-long event which kicked off on Tuesday will run until Saturday.

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