Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
In Uganda, I have pioneered successful startups like Structures Hub (www.structureshub.com) its social media page as (https://www.facebook.com/Structures-Hub-1625874687694371/), an online store bringing together different enterprises, wholesalers and manufacturers both local and international in the construction and housing industry to provide discounted products and services inclusive of low income buyers. The main aim is to help low income consumers save on their construction and housing budgets. I head the Information Technology and Innovations section at Razor Innovations and Consultancy Ltd (www.razico.co.ug), its social media page as (https://www.facebook.com/Razor-Innovations-And-Consultancy-Ltd-razicocou...), a small enterprise devoted to partnering with us to design innovative, quality and reliable health care solutions with inclusion of low income citizens; I co-own E-books International Agents (www.ebooksia.com), its social media page as (https://www.facebook.com/ebooksia) , an enterprise that encourages quality education for low income earners and their families, it does this with a well designed business model that lets low income earners to buy e-books and instantly sell them back, their accounts topped up to buy more e-books, to keep them reading and gain lots of knowledge through fun-filled purchases.
In South Sudan, i pioneered Citycom Technologies(www.citycomtechnologies.co) as a partner (https://www.facebook.com/Citycom-Technologies-coltd-1465074167044035/). The company carries market research about design opportunities needed in the country through their networks of low income solution developers, they contact HADB and we design a solution together for example Kilgroup Money Transfer services (http://www.thenationmirror.com/top-stories/861-business-owners-tipped-on...) to provide financial services to the unbanked and underserved communities in urban areas, also in war tone and deep villages of the South Sudan. We designed a digital price index (www.serisouthsudan.com) to enable the digital 14% of South Sudan buy and sell items, and grow their local trade ecosystem (https://www.facebook.com/Seri-Guide-South-Sudan-593325904038716/).
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We are partnering with Mentors from Makerere Software Incubation Programme for example Prof. Hugh Cameron (firstname.lastname@example.org), he has played a vital role in giving us business insights regarding technological designs, Mrs Carol Kamugira (+256 712 844 944, email@example.com), his deputy also has been guiding us through business development, HADB partnered with her to design a records management system for her medium sized enterprise and crocodile farm(www.ugandacrocs.com) in Buwama, Mpigi District.
We are currently partnering with Mr.Kolyang Emmanuel of the Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT). Our partnership with him entails designing a solar medical kit. This kit was designed to enable poor people test themselves conveniently and regularly for malaria, sugar levels, blood pressure etc. Since the kit uses solar energy, the poor deep in villages will not worry about having electricity to carry out medical tests. The kit was designed with advanced sensors and extension devices, that aid the tests. The kit draws mechanical tests basing on body temperature and blood pressure. Our future impact is inclusive of engagement of government support, so that we produce and subsidize these kits for the low income consumers.
We have partnered with Afrosoft IT Solutions Uganda Ltd(www.afrosoftug.com) to design Ebooksia, a leading ebooks purchasing platform in Uganda. Mr.Katamba Ronald(+256 703 034 758, firstname.lastname@example.org), the Afrosoft's CEO has been very influential in the success of the platform we co-own. He also provides tremendous advice and product support on other industrial designs that we have worked on.
One of our objectives is to include the poor when designing quality products and services. In this competitive generation, when companies design products and services for the poor, they often think about making them as low-cost as possible. But whether you’re tapping a market opportunity or addressing a social need, it’s important to realize that people living in poverty value quality design. Quality design doesn’t mean that goods and services need to cost more. Quality experiences meet people where they are, acknowledging such important factors as status, and dignity.
Creating products and services for low-income consumers is a challenging task. Little information is available about this target group, their wants and needs, their habits and traditions - and about what really works in their particular context.
These consumers themselves are owners of valuable knowledge when it comes to developing solutions for them. Consequently, it has been widely suggested to learn “from the bottom up” by hearing and incorporating the "voices of the poor". However, little is known about how to tap this knowledge and how to actively include this particular target group into product development processes. This is where our partners, advisors and mentors come in, to harness our journey of producing inclusive designs. They give us useful information we pass on to our projectors, the low income solution developers, it helps them alot. Our objectives have been successfully achieved in due course.