Ms Sandra Nakayenze recorded a major loss in her first business, when she ventured into trading in beans and maize after university. She lost savings worth Shs2m to a relative who sold off her produce without her knowledge. She did not give up because she longed to be an entrepreneur. She found a job at Uchumi supermarket. While she earned Shs280,000 per month as a cashier, she saved Shs700,000.
Her next job as an enrollment officer under National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) in Bulambuli District brought to mind an old business idea. In villages, coffee farmers lacked nearby markets for their produce. There was also another issue – Girl children walked long distances to school.
Plus, for most of her life in Busiita, Sironko District where she was raised, Ms Nakayenze had seen women and girls live through domestic violence, early marriages and poverty. She swore to herself things would change as long as she lived.