- Catherine Nakitande is a computer science graduate
- However, getting a job proved difficult
- She therefore started her own briquette manufacturing business, which is now a success
A 27-year-old computer science from Kampala, Uganda started her own successful business after landing a job became difficult.
In an interview with Daily Monitor, Catherine Nakitande said she got a job while in her last semester at Makerere University. However, the company folded before she could even start.
After a period of sitting at home waiting for a job to materialize, she got an idea to manufacture briquettes while watching her grandmother cook at home.
With just 1,000 Ugandan shillings (Ghc 1.21) and a few raw materials she collected at home, she began a briquette manufacturing business.
She soon established her own company named Kingfire Energy Solutions, which today boasts three factories and is a prominent brand.
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In an interview, Nakitande said although it was difficult at first and she had to conduct extensive research, she has no regrets.
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She said: “I have travelled in and out of Uganda to demonstrate that it is possible for one to start small, using everyday material and make it big.”
She is also training women and youths to make briquettes and energy-saving stoves in the hope of inspiring success in others.