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Stories From the Field

In the last two years, the pandemic has strained every aspect of operations for organizations in the social sector. Nonprofit organizations (NGOs) saw drops in funding, higher costs for goods and services, and a simultaneous increase in need in their communities. As the pandemic enters...

“There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.” –W.E.B Dubois! Coach Hadijjah Namuwaya is a determined mother of four. She grew up with her grandmother in Namagabi in the outskirts of Kayunga, but when she became pregnant during her last year of high...

Phionah Ayebare, a joyful young mother of two daughters, is known by friends and family in Mbale as “Mayi Scrap.” Mayi Scrap, loosely translated as “Mother Scrap,” is a name she recently earned when she started a successful scrap plastic recycling business in her community. Previously,...

Muhindo has always possessed a steadfast determination to help others. After decades of caring for others, Muhindo felt she had become complacent and disillusioned. Having struggled for years as a widow to support herself and her grandchildren, she needed confidence and encouragement to explore new ways...

Diana Namutebi, 28, has always been an organized woman. She takes good care of her home and business and always presents herself in a neat fashion. She had dreamed of opening a vegetable stall business, and was passionate about this being an opportunity to better...

Esther Muhiibwe, 34, always possessed strength, as she worked hard selling timber to improve the lives of her family. While she worked tirelessly, the business wasn’t bringing in her desired income. Esther, always thinking creatively, tried moving to a new location nearby a fishing site...

Flavia Mirembe is a 36-year-old, vibrant and positive mother of three, who used what she learned from Street Business School (SBS) to build several businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. A teacher by profession, living in Matugga, Flavia left her position in March 2020 when local schools...

Harriet Nakibuuka, 31, is hardworking and ambitious. The skills she learned from Street Business School (SBS) have allowed her to continue working toward her dreams, even during the COVID-1 19 pandemic. After years of living in extreme poverty, Harriet graduated from SBS in 2017. Harriet’s entrepreneurial spirit...

27-year-old Hadijjah Tewalikisingakata lives in Kampala with her husband and three children. Her journey from an unemployed woman to a business owner who demonstrates persistence, courage and resilience is an example of the transformational power of Street Business School (SBS). Before joining SBS, Hadijjah did not...

Saida Awori is resilient, adaptable, and works hard, especially when challenges arise. Saida joined Street Business School (SBS) in 2017 after hearing a bullhorn announcement in Mutungo, where she lived. Saida was a stay-at-home mother to three children and her husband was unemployed. Together, they lived...