Selling Stones to Lay the Foundation for a Future
Kuteesa (16) is part of the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator and a form three student at Ssingo Secondary & Vocational School. When schools closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kuteesa decided to take advantage of his community’s surplus of stones and start a stone quarrying business. He purchases large stones at 10,000 Ugandan shillings(UGX) and hammers them into smaller concrete stones, which he sells for 50,000 UGX, and makes a profit of 30,000 UGX after paying 10,000 UGX for labor costs.
With his business, Kuteesa inspires fellow youth in his community to start their own businesses and helps local construction by supplying low-cost stones. With his responsibilities at home, including providing for his two siblings and farming for his parents, Kuteesa plans to transition to a poultry project, which is less time-consuming than his stone quarrying business. Using the management business skills he acquired from the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator,Kuteesa is able to fulfill his needs and his siblings’, while inspiring his community.