Natural Beauty made in Lira

Published in Daily Monitor, Saturday October 11, 2014, Full Woman Magazine Self-reliance. While most Ugandan women still prefer Western made creams and soaps, more are going for natural beauty products. Guru Nanak, a small company in Lira, has spotted the new market, writes Vibeke Quaade. Walk into any supermarket in Kampala and you will find at … Continue reading

Never on the slippery slopes of Naguru Hill

It is about 6.30pm and I am waiting for Daudi Karungi outside his gallery Afriart. Afriart is located near Kira Rd Police Station at the bottom of Naguru Hill. According to the gossip in town, in the late 90s – early 2000s Naguru Hill used to be a site frequently toured by top politicians in … Continue reading

UG scores top in entrepreneurial start-ups – and failures

Kampala day 4. In the annual Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM reports, measuring entrepreneurship in 59 countries, Uganda is consistently among the top three countries in the Total Early-Stage Entrepreneurship TEA index. Paradoxically the GEM report also indicates that Uganda has the highest score in the Discontinuation of Businesses rankings. The GEM reports, are made by … Continue reading

Is the time for change getting any closer?

Kampala day 1. Since I arrived in Nairobi two weeks ago and put my Ugandan sim card in my phone I had received Ugandan sms news updates. The updates were rather disturbing, one disaster after another occurring in all walks of life from climate change,  natural disasters and food shortage to bad governance and simple … Continue reading

45km from Kigali and the pigs listen to music

Kigali day 4: I am at Urwibutso Enterprise in Nyirangiarama 45 km from Kigali and roughly 100 km from Gisenyi, which lies on the way to Goma, Congo. Its early morning and travellers are queuing up in the boutique. They have stopped to buy strawberry or passion juice, bread, muffins and some small doughnuts called Urwibutso. … Continue reading

Democratic or non-democratic – good service delivery builds a loyal customer base

Kigali day 2. Interview with Minister of Finance Mr. John Rwangombwa, a tall, no-nonsense looking man who has worked at all levels in Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and knows the system inside out. I have sent my questions in advance to the Minister, and we have hardly sat down in his office before … Continue reading