I am Nabaasa Medrine, an entrepreneur from Kisoro, Uganda, aged 30 years old. I have been mobilizing youth out of school between 18-35 years of age and training them in entrepreneurship skills like wine making from beetroots and pineapple.
I am doing this because most youth are unemployed and live under the poverty line. I want many youth to start businesses and create jobs for others. Wine has markets across borders and we produce quality wine that is pure with no chemicals in it.
The Beetroots and Pineapple Wine Making and Growing project will be implemented in Kisoro district, South Western Uganda, targeting 20 youth who are out of school and between the ages of 18-35 years. I want to train these youth in running a quality wine making, sorting and packing business that will help them generate income.
The twenty youth will be organised in two groups that will create ownership of the project and support sustainability.
Most people grow beetroots and pineapple but they use beetroot only in cooking food and pineapple for eating, not knowing that these are the most powerful fruits for making good wine and generating income. I want to educate youth in beetroot and pineapple growing so they will be able to sell and earn a living.
This project will create more jobs for youth with both direct and indirect benefits. The trained youth will also transfer the same knowledge and skills to their fellow youth in the long run.
The project will reduce unemployment rates in Kisoro district, as many youth and the elderly will adopt the idea to earn income.
The community will appreciate this project because it will impact their children positively and provide a clear source of income to support their families and other community people, especially for those selling the production materials.
Beetroots and pineapple wine making and growing will be viewed as the best kind of business for youth because it involves the use of local products.
Beetroot and pineapple wines are environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals in them to affect the environment. Hygiene and sanitation will be maintained and the product will be packed in reusable items like bottles.
What motivates me is that for more than 4 years I have been initiating and fostering skills that empower youth that are marginalised by society to become self-supportive and strong entrepreneurs. I want to continue to do entrepreneurship projects by helping unemployed youth with skills that can enable them to create their own employment and absorb other youth.
As a result of their empowerment, they will create more jobs and become self-reliant. The community will be empowered with adequate knowledge and skills in wine making and they will be educated to know the importance of pineapple and beetroot growing. These reasons made me submit a beetroot and pineapple wine making and growing project.
I will mobilise and organise 20 youth to engage them in trainings about value addition. Understanding and knowledge will be our areas of emphasis. For example, they will be equipped with skills in quality production to meet market demands and trained in record keeping and management to ensure proper business records for sustainability and growth,
I have already formed two working groups that will enable members to tap into other opportunities for support and learn from each other, supporting growth and expansion of the initiative.
I have already procured some items to be used during the process of making wine. District local government business licenses have also been procured. The place where youth will be trained is settled. I will establish business networks and collaboration both in my country and outside the country.
My success is measured through the profits made after selling, monitoring the whole process, and the expansion of the wine business leading to creation of jobs and new businesses.
My plan is to use the grant to train 20 youth in beetroot and pineapple wine making and growing.
Training youth in quality wine making, sorting and processing for five days, May 2016: USD $400
Training in pineapple and beetroot growing for five days, May 2016: USD $400
Training in marketing for five days, May 2016: USD $400
Training in packaging for five days, June 2016: USD$400
Procurement of other items to be used in the production process, June 2016: USD $3040
Uganda National Bureau of standards registration, August 2016: USD $120
Continuous monitoring: USD $240
Blogpost and picture submitted by Medrine Nabaasa (Kisoro, Uganda) – medrinenabaasa[at]yahoo.com
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