Success Stories

Next-level tailoring thanks to the Skills Development Fund

Amid colorful balls of yarn, trainees put the finishing touches on scarves, ponchos and doormats. They have been working on these items for weeks as it counts for their final examination of the “Knitting and Crochet” training in the Rosa Mystica Institute in Fort Portal. “Every tailor in town knows how to make a dress or shirt, but not everyone knows how to make a doormat.” says their proud trainer, Eunice Wekesa.

Passionate about sewing, Eunice has been working as a textile trainer for over 10 years. “It has taught me patience. Some of my students don’t have high academic levels but because they are patient with their work they do it even better.” Her students are the 15 trainees in “Knitting and Crochet” and 16 trainees in “Tye and Dye”, facilitated and by the Skills Development Fund of BTC’s Support to Skilling Uganda project. The majority of them being vulnerable youth and school drop-outs, they were selected for the training though local church councils and leaders.

Sister Florence Ahaisibweis the Director of the Rosa Mystica Training Institute of Vocational and Business Studies. “Before the curriculum was aimed at making uniforms and common clothes. Now we switched to tourism wear and handicrafts, to also attract the tourists in Fort Portal.” They started doing so after the Uganda Small Scale Industry Association (USSIA) gave them the advice. Moreover, through the Skills Development Fund USSIA organized training sessions with 3 Kenyan knitting and crochet experts. “Thanks to BTC’s intervention  I could expose my trainees to different techniques.”says trainer Eunice. “We now also have embroidery machines, which allows for next-level stitching and finishing. “

For a long time, the institute was only accessible to girls and women. But as trainings are gender-equal, boys were welcomed. John Koojo is one of those boys. “Before I was an artist, designing badges, banners and posters. Thanks to this training I was able to polish my knowledge and get new ideas.” The entrepreneurship coursesalso gave him insights in financial management and business plans. “I am now motivated to start my own shop with creative designs.”

The Skills Development Fund in Albertine-Rwenzori aims at sustainably improving the quality of technical and vocational trainings through public-private partnerships, in order to enhance the youth’s employability.


A Tailor's story

Mrs. Kajolina viola is a member of Uganda Small Scale Industries Association form Kabarole zone who is a retired banker by profession. After her retirement she started a small scale business in textiles and garments where she was manufacturing uniforms and sweaters. Her start was not easy because she experienced low production, poor markets and low income. After joining Uganda Small Scale Industries Association, she got skills upgrading trainings in Textiles and Garments which helped her improve on quality of her school uniforms and sweaters, her markets were expanded through exposure to exhibitions. She is now the best school uniform and sweater knitter in Kabarole District.


A Baker's story

Mr. Habib Ibrahim member of Bukonzo zone attended a Bakery training sponsored by USSIA-HWK partnership .Habib previously concentrated on bread making and through this training, he was equipped with skills to make cakes, doughnuts and queen cakes that have increased his sales turnover. He is currently supplies in Bwera, Kasese, and kamwenge Towns. He also exports to Congo ‘’Am proud of being a USSIA member because it has helped me exploit my opportunities to the fullest” says Ibrahim                     


A Pharmacists story

Mr. Mwesigye George William and Anna Mwesigye who are members of Uganda small scale industries association from Luwero zone who own Wilan products of pharmaceuticals . They started their business in 2010 and after along struggle in finding the markets for their products, they decided to join Uganda small scale industries association (USSIA) in 2010. After joining Uganda small scale industries association, their organization went through allot of transformation in terms of product quality improvement and marketability of their products. They were introduced to national and international markets, attended workshops on how to improve their products. They later diversified into hand crafts where they specialize in making and designing a variety of cards.




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