Patrick, one of our beneficiaries, shares how StartUp! training helped him to meet his vision of being self-employed.
Patrick is a resident of Hima village Lakwana Sub County Gulu district (Northern Uganda). He is 25 years, married to one wife with two children. He confided in us, his facilitators, that he always admired being self-employed but this only came to reality after acquiring business knowledge and skills from DOT's StartUp! training.
During the training, he says he learnt so many things among which was how to come up with an ideal business idea and after plotting his business ideas on the feasibility grid, he discovered that bee-keeping was the business to start with, given that it would give him the flexibility of carrying out other duties to support his family. Since he had free land given to him by his late grandfather, he immediately sold off his mature pig to raise capital. He then used the money to buy three modern beehives that he has already set-up on the land.
One of the modern beehives on Patrick's farm.
However, his dream is to have 20 beehives by the end of this year that will help him to meet the market demand. To achieve this target, he has started being creative by making his own local (out of logs) beehives.
During our field visit, we were amazed by how much progress he had already made. He shared that one other reason as to why he ventured into bee-keeping is because it’s not affected by the weather changes. To get more information about beekeeping, he relies on a farmers' weekly program on the local radio station. He hopes to tap the power of technology in the near future in order to scale up his venture beyond his locality.
Patrick making one of the local beehives to increase his production
He is confident that the business skills he acquired from the training will help him to manage his business better and he expects to have his first harvest in April.