For small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world, across Africa and here in Uganda, 2020 was a year filled with challenges and disruption. But throughout the global pandemic, entrepreneurs never lost sight of their mission to solve problems, turn challenges into opportunities, and help build a better future.
The ten finalists from the 2020 edition of the Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) prize competition, are evidence of this and we were proud to see Uganda well represented with two brilliant entrepreneurs. They overcame incredible obstacles, and rose among a sea of about 22,000 applicants to compete for their share of a US$1.5 million grant.
Vet, farmer, educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Emma Naluyima Mugerwa established MST Junior School in Uganda as a practical solution to the problem of youth unemployment. MST Junior School has a unique learning model that aims to equip the pupils with skills to solve agriculture issues such as food insecurity, waste mismanagement and malnutrition.
Malaria survivor and social entrepreneur Joan Rukundo Nalubega had a vision to fight malaria when she founded Uganics. Uganics’s organicsoap is saving lives and fighting malaria, one of Africa’s biggest killers.
A huge congratulations to these incredible entrepreneurs!
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