Andrew Mupuya

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Name: Andrew Mupuya
Organization: Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments
Website: http://www.yelipaper-bags.com
Title: Yeli Paper Bags Limited
Bio:
In 2008, at the age of 16, i saw a market opportunity in creating paper bags. As the Ugandan government leaned towards a ban on use of polythene plastic bags, i decided to venture into an environmentally friendly project of paper bag production. With no initial capital, I cleaned the environment by collecting used plastic bottles and sold them to a plastic recycling plant. After i had raised the initial seed capital of 36,000 Ugandan shillings ($18), i started making paper bags at a small scale while still in high school. In 2010, i registered my company, Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments (YELI). YELI is now the first local registered paper bag and envelope producing company in Uganda. My business has grown to employ up to 22 people, the youngest at 18 years and the eldest of which is 55. My company customer base includes local hospitals, retail shops, roadside sellers, super markets, and major local flour manufacturer companies We have now diversified a new line to include gift bags and with this we have clients like Samsung I have been a recipient of several awards, including the Anzisha Prize, FERD Award for social Entrepreneurship and many more.

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We make environmental friendly paper bags and we plan to scale the project to other African countries to have a sustainable and scalable packaging means. Packaging is broad ranging from medical packaging to food staffs in the shops and markets to industrial packaging.

We make environmental friendly paper bags and we plan to scale the project to other African countries to have a sustainable and scalable packaging means. Packaging is broad ranging from medical packaging to food staffs in the shops and markets to industrial packaging.