Working together for a common goal
Since the creation of its first saving group, the dedicated CfD team has grown to bring together a diverse bunch of people, passions and skills from Uganda and beyond.
Though rarely all in the same timezone we work together to achieve a common goal – to support and let the world know about the entrepreneurs of Bulambuli.
Check out who we all are and what we do below:
Logistics and organization
Inigo is a young senior civil engineer who works in worldwide projects related with water, sites development and sustainable infrastructures. At the moment he is placed in the South African office of Arup, the company where he has been working since he joined as a graduate. Inigo did a 6 months volunteering placement in Bulambuli, Uganda with the same communities that CfD supports now.
Sandra works in the International Development field as a Water, Hygiene and Sanitation advisor at Action Against Hunger. She has a background in engineering and holds a Masters in International Development. Her expertise is around project planning, implementation and evaluation, in contexts such as poverty-reduction strategies, livelihood resilience programs and economic and social policies in developing countries.
In the past, she spend 6 months working with the local communities in Bulambuli.
Fundraising and Legal
Pilar is a human resources professional specialising in talent management with a passion for supporting people untap their potential and fulfil their aspirations. Her educational background is in law and politics, studying a Masters in Migration and Development to broaden her knowledge on these areas. She has volunteered and supported different NGO’s since a very early age and is currently living in the UK.
For more than eight years, Cristina has worked in the creative departments in different agencies across Europe, creating advertising campaigns for NGO’s such as Unicef and ONCE Foundation. Currently she is working with Active Education to put children’s creativity at the heart of their development.
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Income generating activities coordinator
Paul is one of CfD’s local coordinators who is responsible for training and monitoring the savings groups on a weekly basis. Born and raised in Bulambuli, Paul is also a local Red Cross volunteer. He has been heavily involved in the successful Arup WASH project, where he has been a key link between the local community members and placement volunteers. He has a wide range of skills and knowledge which are crucial for planning and managing projects within the communities.
Joyce is a member of the Bulambuli community who has worked on various community projects in the area. She has joined the CfD team to supervise and monitor saving groups. She is responsible for supporting groups 1, 2, 3, 4 , 9 and 11 on their weekly meetings and assists with conflict resolution.
Volunteer project coordinator 2016
Marta previously worked in marketing in London, specialising in peer to peer lending with Funding Circle. Having always held a passion for international development, Marta has driven forward C4D projects out in Uganda as our Programme Coordinator for the last six months and is now planning to make forge a career in the sector, starting with a Masters in September.
Marta has been involved with media since 2006. She started on the TV, then spent a few years as head of media for a sports company and these days she feels more comfortable in digital media. Right now she’s working to specialize in web design. Marta is a team worker and she loves to surround herself among people who are interested in creating enriching experiences.
Sarah Bradbury is a policy manager with an MSc in International Development and experience working in the energy and international development sectors in London and overseas. Passionate about improving the lives of others, particularly the empowerment of women, Sarah works with the team on our campaigns and communications to help raise the profile of the entrepreneurs of Bulambuli.
Ana left architecture to pursue her passion, computers. She discovered structures in programming and beauty in code. In love with databases and ETL processes, she keeps looking at Big Data as her next target and never slips the opportunity to learn, trying to get a synoptic view of all fields. Her experience in managing teams, both in architecture and sailing, drew her to agile methodologies which she intends to further deepen.
Previous field volunteer
Will is young civil engineer working for Arup on a range of infrastructure projects all over the world. He completed a five month placement in Uganda from 2014-2015, and was tasked with closing the successful Arup Water and Sanitation project, whilst continuing the work of Communities of Development. Back in the UK Will continues to work as part of the CFD team, through assisting with the planning and management of activities in the field.
We could not have reached where we are today without the incredible individuals and organisations that have given their time, money or skills to support us.