Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?
It has long been a goal of ours to export our products to the US. However, with our shop in Kampala and our wholesale business to various shops here, we have not been able to increase our production enough to fill a container. The shipping costs are also very high for the initial shipment, but well worth the pay off of the large market we will have in the US. The prize money will help us to purchase more machines to increase production and design and produce attractive packaging for products. A portion of the prize money will help us to ship our first container of products to the US. Through this activity, we will be able to recycle tons more glass and also provide many more well-paid jobs.
Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?
We are currently financially sustainable through the sales of our products. We plan to keep selling our products and growing only as our financial situation allows us to do safely, ensuring that no jobs are lost and that we can provide financial stability for our employees.
Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Although I do not have experience pioneering other entrepreneurial initiatives, with Good Glass, I was chosen as an entrepreneur for the Social Enterprise Forum in Sweden. I have taken Good Glass from a concept to a sustainable business that now provides jobs for eight individuals. We have gone from selling at festivals to being represented in five retail shops in Uganda and now in our very own shop that opened three weeks ago with great success.