USSIA hosts a team from the Ministry Of Gender, Child & Social Welfare-Republic of South Sudan. They also held a meeting & bench marking visits to some of USSIA members to understand the management of MSMEs in Uganda.
In a bid to support an enabling environment for greening small scale industries, USSIA inter alia, engaged a consultant to evaluate the government’s green policy actions with a special focus on micro, small and medium sized enterprises. The consultant shared his findings in a national stakeholders’ meeting under a theme “Evaluating Uganda’s Green Growth Policy Actions & Their Effects on MSMEs” .
USSIA participates at partners' reflection/ learning fora for all its partners. Experiences on how the projects are implemented are shared . Success stories and challenges with in the project partners are shared and documented.
Most Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are careful about what type of marketing strategies they invest in. When you have a limited marketing budget, it’s important that you spend it wisely to get the most for your money. Marketing through social media is one of the most versatile and cost-effective strategies that MSMEs can use to reach their target audience and boost sales over time. USSIA organised a workshop on optimization of markets through the use of social media. Different forms of social media applications (Facebook, Twitter, Watsapp, etc) were practically illustrated and how they can be utilised by MSMEs to help them market their products.
USSIA and UCPC carried out a training of trainers (T0T) for members in Energy efficiency, innovation and sustainable production. MSMEs have failed in business because they have failed to adapt the fundamentals of green growth in their businesses. The trainers therefore will be able to train other members the concepts of green growth through energy efficiency, sustainable production and innovation within Uganda.
Uganda Small Scale Industries Association is in partnership with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) organized an information session about certification and standards for MSMEs at USSIA Boardroom. The information session that attracted over 120 enterprise owners was aimed at giving relevant information about standardization and certification and also to bring the UNBS officials closer to the MSMEs. Different entrepreneurs brought in their products and they were advised accordingly.
Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) provides skills up grading trainings to its members as one of the service offered to members and potential members that need to startup their enterprise or to upgrade their skills. USSIA organised a training for fruit and vegetable processing on the 18th to the 22nd June 2018 at the UIRI
Participants were trained on how to make jam, chili sauce, and tomato sauce, and cocktail juice, synthetic and natural juice.
The USSIA Business Cottage Training Programme aims at extending startup skills/ knowledge to persons who intend to learn a skill and start up a business. The increasing demand soap (both bar & liquid) with in the country led to the cottage training in soap making. The programme caters for youth and women and supports them have a skill that can be used to start up an enterprise. The programme aims at curbing the rates of unemployment in uganda.
Business planning is key in the proper management and sustainability of of Micro small and medium‐sized enterprises (MSMEs). USSIA engaged its members in formal business planning for their enterprises in Arua, Gulu, Fort portal and Masaka. Members were taken through the development of their 3 year business plans and the different strategies for the implementation of the business plans were identified. A total of 40 participants per district were trained.
The dairy industry in Uganda is transforming with the introduction of new technology, new processes and increased automation. Uganda Small Scale Industries Association organised a skills upgrading training for its members in diary from 23-27/ May/2018. The participants learnt making Ice cream, Yoghurt, Cheese, Butter and skimmed milk.