Next up in our ‘meet an entrepreneur’ series, Marta sits down with Paul Mulemba, Chairman of Buwebele Villlage and Member of Busabulo saving group. Juggling leadership with developing his own skills and business ideas, Paul is spearheading Bulambuli’s efforts to become Africa’s answer to Silicon Valley…
Paul Mulemba, Chairman of Buwebele Village and Member of Busabulo A saving group.
Marta: Hello Paul, how are you?
Paul: I’m fine, thank you.
M: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
Paul: I am 52 and I have 8 kids all living in Bulambuli.
M: Oh wow, they must be a handful!
Paul: They are!
M: So what role do you play in the community?
Paul: I am the Chairman of Buwebele Village and I am also a member of the Busabulo saving group.
M: That’s sounds like a lot of responsibility.
Paul: It is but I enjoy it. I’ve lived here my whole life so care deeply about the community and want to make sure my family has the best possible opportunities in life. I have already seen such a transformation of the lives of many families through the creation of our saving groups and the training sessions we have for the members, most of them women.
M: That’s fantastic to hear! How is your saving group progressing?
Paul: We have just received our latest instalment of business training, and now the group has been saving for a number of years, we are currently developing plans for our income generating activities.
M: And what’s your dream business idea?
Paul: I’d love to have my own shop – it would bring good money, provide much needed products to the community and keep people busy through providing jobs.
M: And now the crucial question – what’s your favourite Ugandan dish?
Paul: Posho (a maize flour mixed with hot water carbohydrate) and beans – many people don’t like it as that’s all you get everyday at school but I actually took a liking to it!
M: Sometimes the classics are the best. If you could choose one person to have a dinner with, who would it be?
Paul: I’d like to go for dinner with you Marta!
M: Haha, perhaps we shall do it one day Paul. But only if we can have posho and beans. Thank you for the chat!
By supporting entrepreneurs like Paul, you can help him lead his community to prosperity through strengthening their ties, developing their skills and working together to launch their own viable and sustainable sources of income. Help Busabulo saving group kick-start their businesses, #BackOurValley today!
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