Posted on February 24, 2017
A slum mum running a tiny business selling beans identified a possible business idea – and has now launched a successful new business selling motorbike spare parts. Better still, she has been able to employ skilled workers to do the maintenance and repair work on the bikes!
Stella Arakit, a 50 year-old mother with a family of five children and three dependants, was inspired by the increasing number of motorbike transport businesses (Boda Bodas) in the Namatala slum. She developed a business plan to start a motorbike spare parts shop to provide motor bike repair services for the local Boda Bodas. Then Stella shared her business idea with our IGA support staff, who gave her encouragement and business counselling on how to realise her dream.
Stella patiently saved for eighteen months, supported by her simple food produce business, and was able to generate the necessary cash. This February, Stella realised that she had saved enough money to start up the shop.
The shop is now up and running and attracting customers – and is a good sign that Child of Hope’s family support is having impact in transforming the lives of needy communities.
For more information on our business start-up programme, click here.