Impact of the MBS Course in Uganda
Participants are asked to complete a self-assessment before and after taking the MBS course. The following report demonstrates the impact of the MBS course based on the results of the evaluations in Uganda.
Agree/Disagree | Before/After
I have my own business. | 61% / 72%
I have a plan to improve my personal life. | 77% / 94%
I serve in my community. | 77% / 83%
I save money regularly. | 55% / 72%
My family spends less than we earn. | 55% / 66%
My family can afford the basic necessities of life. | 38% / 61%
I keep business records. | 66% / 83%
My business has improved because of the MBS course. | 0% / 94%
My income has increased because of the MBS course. | 0% / 94%
Uganda Success Stories
Uganda. Margaret Nelson is a retired RN from Washington State. Throughout her career she gained experience in clinical and community health, working with refugees and low-income populations. These experiences prepared her to move to Africa after her retirement, where she served on short-term mission trips and worked in local health clinics. She decided she wanted to do more so she settled down in a small village in Uganda, started building herself a house and developing plans to make a difference in the lives of the people she was getting to know. She worked with a few different NGOs, including a few that she started on her own, but never found the success she was seeking.
After coming across Interweave’s MBS program, she decided that partnering her NGO with Interweave would help her make a real difference. She is currently taking the MBS course for herself while simultaneously facilitating a small group consisting of local church members. We love seeing people make their dreams a reality through Interweave’s programs!
Uganda. Ruth is an example of the success that can come from applying the principles of the MBS program, no matter where you are in the world. She has seen the 6P’s of business improve and grow her chicken business in many ways. Like all entrepreneurs, she started small, but now her business regularly houses over 2000 chickens and is constantly growing.
Ruth shared with us how two specific principles she learned from the MBS program have helped her improve her business.
- Paperwork: Keeping records is one of the important principles learned in the MBS course. Ruth says that as her business grows, she is careful to stay up-to-date with her income and expense logs. Because they have been so successful, they were able to help support a local friend through school. She graduated in accounting and is now working full-time keeping these financial records for Ruth.
- Product: When talking about what sets her business apart from her competition, Ruth says “the quality of our products is our number one promotion highlight. Whoever buys from us can’t go anywhere else.” Evidently, Ruth is aware of her customers and her competition and because of that, she has been able to create a product that exceeds expectation.
Beyond the success of the business itself, Ruth and her team have been acting as mentors to a local church youth group, seeking to establish their own chicken business. They have offered support, partnership, and training as these young entrepreneurs financed and learned how to use new tools and products to create a successful business. With such encouragement, they are now ready to start making money.
They have not been without challenges and setbacks, but by maintaining their vision and working hard to overcome difficulty, Ruth and her family have been successful in moving towards prosperity and self-reliance.
Uganda. ENGAGE NOW AFRICA! THRIVEGULU AND INTERWEAVE IN UGANDA
Co-founder of Interweave, Lynn Curtis, recently went on a trip of a lifetime to Uganda.
There were so many amazing things that happened during the trip, but here are some of the highlights.
- Board Member, Ruth Vidaurre, accompanied him on the trip.
- THRIVEGulu celebrated its third year in the self-reliance program. The Interweave-THRIVEGulu partnerships has brought about many great assets for the wonderful people- an Acoli and English literacy manual, ABCs for Business and English for Business Success, and with this most recent trip, English Success In Business! with the same outcomes as the MBS program.
- Partnering with Engage Now Africa!, THRIVEGulu was able to build a Center (see picture above) in order to facilitate training meetings or other group gatherings. The building is new! So new, in fact, that the Interweave training with this group was the first event to occur in the building!
- In reality, people with very to no little English skills are now able to communicate fluently and teach in English, and better contribute to their local economy because of the skills that they are learning and using.
- THRIVEGulu also met with Lynn Curtis in order to discuss a Youth Group, using similar materials to the ones we have previously collaborated on with them. These “youth” are from 16 years old to their early 20’s, and the youth group met together to talk about distinctive issues for their age group. Their challenges are many, none are proficient in English, half of the group consists of single mothers with children, and they are school dropouts. We and our wonderful partners at THRIVEGulu are collaborating to help these youth change the course of their lives. We want to provide them with literacy/business education options.
Overall, it was a successful and life-changing trip. We are ever thankful for the support of our friends at Engage Now Africa! and THRIVEGulu for their hard work and desire to change the world. We will continue collaborating with them and help empower people in need across the world with literacy and business skills!
Uganda. 10–Year Partnership. Since 2008, Interweave has partnered with Engage Now Africa to end poverty. We worked with them in previous years in the greater Accra area to advance self-reliance for hundreds of unemployed families. Participants excelled at micro-businesses while also improving their homes and communities.
Today, Interweave continues to work with Engage Now Africa, collaborating with THRIVEGulu to move women who are recovering from previous abduction to a higher level of self-confidence and self-reliance in northern Uganda.