My name is Asiimwe Allan. I am Ugandan. I am a second-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science, taking statistics as my Major and mathematics as my minor, at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. I am 22 and work hand in hand with a team of five fellow hardworking students.
It was in August 2015, that I managed to attend a friend’s birthday at the university. While at this party, I realized that there was a high alcohol intake amongst fellow university students. I sadly looked at my friends getting wasted with the enormous amounts of alcohol they took in: glass after glass and bottle after bottle. It was at this exact moment that I developed a greater passion for fellow young people especially my fellow university students. I got a passion to transform lives and have an impact in my society. Each time I met my friends, my heart was on fire to do something. I teamed up with five fellow young men to form a transformation movement known as Coffee Max and we are growing stronger day by day.
Apart from being a profoundly sounding institution on the African continent, Makerere University is notorious of its overwhelming numbers of students: more than 45,000. This is where I come in to utilize this incredible ready market to explore the business opportunities within this vicinity that have not been realized as until now.
Therefore, my project is to start coffee vending at Makerere University using automated coffee-vending machines. Coffee-vending machines offer a wider variety of coffee beverages, which can serve consumers’ coffee interests. The project is aimed at developing a new generation of young people that continue to embrace and enjoy coffee in its full diversity. This will increase domestic coffee consumption amongst the young people and integrate more young people along activities in the coffee value chain.
Therefore, the availability of this under-utilized opportunity of a growing population escalates my motivation to engage in the coffee business. There has been a recorded growing trend of coffee consumption in the country over the decade. Also, the desire to popularize coffee as a trendy beverage among university students ultimately reduces alcoholism, and is very palatable and attractive to the youth. Furthermore, the strong passion to enhance hands on entrepreneurial skills for self-employment amongst fellow students that will reduce the overwhelming 83% youth unemployment rate in our country.
We intend to have vigorous coffee club at Makerere University that will be the talking and walking embodiment of coffee. This will be accompanied by trendy promotional materials for awareness creation of the endless attributes of coffee. We also look forward to exploiting on-line platforms as a way of steering up our sensitization programs. We also wish to register a business company to operationalize this idea.
Towards achieving this, we have engaged with the National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) for experience building and idea mentorship. Further, we participated in the last year’s annual coffee festival in November that was organized by NUCAFE in conjunction with the Uganda Coffee Developed Authority (UCDA). We have also managed to draft the structure of the coffee club that only requires funding to start operating.
The presence of a large trendy middle class population around the proposed project area will provide a steady consumption base of coffee hence success of the project. The enduring partnership with NUCAFE, which has a wider range of experience and knowledge in coffee, will help us to overcome the likely challenges. A team of committed students ready to carry out various operational activities also backs up this project.
The business shall celebrate the enduring success by achieving enduring self-sustenance. This will include paying off its workers and running the day-to-day activities. Increase in company savings will also definitely deem business success. This will be accompanied with the registration of coffee max as a separate legal entity. Expansion of the coffee club at the university and coffee max acquiring more business investments such as more vending machines will also be an enormous measure of success.
However, the fundamental question of using the USD 5,000 grant can be addressed explicitly as follows:
Coffee vending machine USD 2,000
Promotional materials USD 300
Business company registration USDv300
Club establishment and marketing activities USD 1,000
Operations and start-up expenses USD 1,400
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135 thoughts on “YAP proposal #141: Coffee, Generational Transformation, and Wealth Creation for Youth (Asiimwe Allan, Uganda)”
this is a great idea, am so proud of you boys, hope you’re able to implement
I like the idea
Great plan , it has lots of promise . Hope u guys make it all the best .
I have no doubt that this is the best proposal to elevate the young people today. nice proposal
Thank you lukman
This is good..keep it up..
Thank you soo much Atwiine Anita. Indeed We are transforming lives
Absolutely a perfect idea to cut the continuous growing rate of unemployment in Uganda …it should be given critical attention by both government and available sponsors
Thank you Seth… we are working hard to transform our generation.
it is great to do this guys i hope to be the top
Sure we are heading straight to the top. Thank you
great idea…..just go on
Thank you Tish
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this proposal entails the lifting of the social status of the youth. it also creates jobs for the youth. it is the best deal
Thank you eagleonesite. Working hard towards transforming the young generation to enjoy coffee in its full diversity.
am proud of you boys. good proposal
nice proposal comrades. how i wish your sponsored
excellent inspiring proposal
really you deserve this young boys. wish you good luck
i have liked this simply because the group is focused and hence it will be developmental to the youths
Thanks for the support
That’s a good good innovative idea as concerned with value addition to the coffee industry. Your project will also reduce on the rate of unemployment among the youth.
Rwenjoki Yoab a student at the school of agriculture and environmental sciences perusing bachelor of agribusiness management. Year 2
great deal for the youths. it will greatly improve on the status of the young people.
great deal for the youth. hope to see you guys changing the lives of fellow youths.
I appreciate the support
go ahead, go forward brothers. this is fantastic
so inspirational more especially to the young people. thank you
Welcome.. and thank you as well for your support
Great idea Allan …so innovative indeed all the best
My sincere appreciation for yo efforts to read my proposal
Great idea and innovative..all the best Allan
This is the way forward
You have always been innovative
Its a wonderful development proposal
Hope it all works out
Am with you brothers goodluck
Thanks Faishari. I hope it will all work out.
Wow abig Tnx to u Allan n ur teammates its such a great idea and so inspiring to ur fellow youth above all. God wil strengthen u thru.
Amen Amen Diana. Thanks for the support
this is the best i have seen
good for the youth
for sure we need it
Thanks Micheal…. For sure we need it for the better of Our future.
i have greatly liked this. its indeed worthy funding
Thank you so much
for sure these boys are so inspirational. i think they will help their fellow youths
Thanks ajuna…Working towards helping fellow youth for a better future generation
i have no doubt that these boys will manage this. this is very important to the young people
We won’t disappoint when it comes to this. Transformed generation for a better life.
Top idea to fight unemployment among youth and totally agricultural based.
Josh…. The struggle against unemployment and alcoholism continues..
this is an awesome idea man. all the best
This is quite interesting and out of the box. I am greatly impressed as well as inspired
Well Agaba…. Thanks so much. I am here to inspire many. Coffee max
This is great. Blessings on blessings for this idea
Am more than inspired…… this is a very good proposal.. Am so proud of u.
great idea and great work to you guy..to u Allan specially.
Thank you so much
This is great to find that there tfellow youth out there thinking about transforming the lives of the youth.
Actually with this era where the youth embrace things that attach prestige to them,am sure this whole coffee thing will work considering that coffee is to some extent regarded as a luxury. All the best my guy!
Thanks man owen
very exquisite plan..motivational and educative…u have my full support
My sincere gratitude phocus
That’s an awesome project but maybe I would like to know how you will convince students to interchange consumption of alcohol with coffee?
Hello Monique. I greatly believe that through using trendy promotional materials for awareness creation of the endless coffee benefit. Then great reputation of coffee as a trendy beverage among the young people will greatly reduce alcohol consumption. Further more we tend to avail coffee at the lowest prices possible. Thank you
Lets get it. Team Coffee Max
Right on it keith. The struggle continues.
we love such innovative minds..good job guys
great minds have a purpose to achieve and i already see this coming..great idea guys. go on and on until it becomes a reality
We are right on it.Thanks for the support
Bravo young comrades! Perfectly innovative, workable entrepreneurial idea and just timely as we navigate in the economy for options to the future of Uganda through the youth. In the team, I see greatness and self reliance coming through. Proud of your thoughts in the coffee value chain.
Indeed….Working hard towards having a better future generation that embraces the gift of coffee in our country
This is really great…we are really inspired by this….wowwwww….
Thank you Bridget
This is a very innovative idea and the proposal is great. Good job done!
Thank you Elaine
Great minds I must say…not only is your idea beneficial in terms of business but also influential to the youth and the world at large…we as students are eager to take up this innovation and support you in all ways possible. Good luck Allan and team
Thank you Rommie.
This is so amazing Allan, it’s rare to find a youth with such an outstanding and brilliant kind of thinking..am over whelmed. Kip it up!! Big ups to all those behind u..
Thank you Darren
Well this is lovely and l personally believe a new generation of young people who believe in transformation has kicked in. l am personally interested in supporting you in anyway possible.
For a while l was thinking that this is not about to happen in Uganda but ultimately l have been disproved by these young brilliant minds. This solution is highly in line with what most stakeholders are interested in achieving in the coffee industry.
Bravo Team Allan!
Indeed…. Domestic consumption of coffee has to be increased among the youth. Coffee max, the way to go…
proud of you comrades. this is inevitably good for young people.
Thank you bdmukitale
this is indeed a generational transformation. these young men have really discovered it and they surely need to be sponsored.
Right on it Amooti. We appreciate your support. Thank you
fantastic ideal……i wish you the best dears
Thank you lorna
this is terrifically good. go ahead young men. go and win that proposal
Thank you Derrick. We are transforming lives
That’s so innovative, keep it up, ue have my support 100%. GBU.
I appreciate the support Adrina
I’ve b read thru it and it’s such a brilliant idea. Such creative minds. Don’t hesitate to make it work
I’ve read thru it and it’s such a brilliant idea. Such creative minds. Don’t hesitate to make it work. Support is all yours
Thanks for your support Joab
Wow…… Brilliant stuff
Thanks John Mary
Great idea..i hope u get all u need to implement it..#way to go CoffeeMax
Coffee max for all. Thanks Angella
Great idea. Keep it up. Bravo
I have loved ur ideas so much..and I would like to support wea need be..good luck
Great idea.. All the best guys. Coffee Max all the way. Woooowww
Fantastic,Incredible idea that will help lessen the level of unemployment in Uganda. Thank you for embracing the opportunity,all the best.
Thanks for the support Andrew
This is go great! the world is now survival for the fittest! such great ideas are for supperone. you must make it through!
We are right on it. Coffee Max all the way
Very very brilliant idea…
Wish you all the best.!!!
Thanks Mc Dreck… Appreciate the support brother.
nice idea, gdluck
if the whole world had such boys with such brilliant ideas, the rate of employment would be above 90%. Am so proud of you boys. you are making a difference in the World. Go and shine. I have your backs 100% in support
Thanks Andrew. Fighting unemployment is the way to go.
oh my God, it is more than than interesting. thank you boys ,wish you the best
Thank you Mugisha
If I were president, I would trust u guys to run my country on my behalf….. In that same spirit, hope your sponsors see what I see too good luck guys
Thanks Prosper…. Moving forward.. Coffee Max all the way
Great idea brother…this is inspiring
Brilliant work guys. All the best
Great work guys
Wooooowwww… Am out of words. Great work Allan and Team. Coffee Max.
Nice idea bruh…!!! just keep pushing harder. .
Extraordinary idea! A very lucrative concept that will help the youth appreciate a life of limited alcohol consumption and a corridor of employment. You stand as an example to the entire youth population. Wish Allan and your team all the best and believe this should be the proposal to be implemented.
Amazing, extraordinary n very lucrative…i am impressed