Annet and Gertrude attending to their local brewing business
Annet and Gertrude collaborate in Business. Due to Covid-19, lack of customers and high costs of doing business, Annet and Gertrude decided to work together to maximize their profits, they have chosen to run a local brewing and have also set up a market stall together. This was made possible after a 2-month long business collaboration training that they accessed through our FSD Jinja and the Virtual Internship program.
Annet shared with us that “before accessing training on business collaboration last year, I used to make my local brew alone but not all of it would sell, the remaining brew would go to waste as I had fewer customers yet I would spend a lot of money in purchasing the raw materials, as well as on production and transportation costs. However, with access to training on business collaboration, I have been able to save money on these costs, increase on my household income and limit the wastage of my product, as working together with Gertrude, we market and get more customers these days”.
Furthermore, Gertrude added that “we are doing well as we now prepare our local brew together, our production has tripled, we sell in different parts of the community and support each workplace in case one runs out of stock, we are no longer worried about customers. My big thanks go to the students and the SustainME team who empowered us with the skills on business collaboration”.
We are grateful to our partners the FSD and the virtual interns who’s support has allowed these vulnerable women to acquire new skills in business collaboration, which is now helping them to run a sustainable local brewing business, work together, save more money, increase production and household incomes. Annet and Gertrude reported an increase in their incomes amidst the pandemic and are now able to provide a good meal for their children at least twice a day.