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DREAMS graduate makes fortune from liquid soap making

 

Christine Namatovu (in the middle) during the DREAMS School graduation ceremony . She learnt soap making which she says has opened her doors to various money making opportunities.

Christine Namatovu (in the middle) during the DREAMS School graduation ceremony . She learnt soap making which she says has opened her doors to various money making opportunities.

RAKAI. Christine Namatovu joined Dreams Project under Rakai Health Science, a Kitovu Mobile partner, and trained as a stepping stone facilitator.

But later, she says she joined Kitovu Mobile as one of the beneficiaries under the DREAMS project, who are trained in bakery, hairdressing, crafts making, tailoring, knitting and liquid soap making.

Namatovu says she majored in liquid soap making.

“I mastered soap making which attracted Kitovu Mobile team retain me and start training girls in its DREAMS safe space training centers in Rakai and Kyotera Districts” Namatovu happily shares.

She is also the facilitator for Saving and Internal Lending Communities, (SILC), where she takes the beneficiaries through savings and financial management techniques.

Namatovu says she had thought they wouldn’t pay her since it is the organization (Kitovu Mobile) which had trained her, but to her surprise, she was paid for her services.

On top of this, Namatovu says Kitovu Mobile has connected her to different organizations where she trains beneficiaries in soap making at a fee. “This has seen me get more avenues for getting money”

Currently, she is training members under Send A Cow organization.

She is also a community health promoter under The Aids Support Organization (TASO).

Living Goods, another organization has also hired her services and wants her to train its community health promoters.

She says all these organizations, which she has known through Kitovu Mobile, pay her fairly and she has managed to support her family.

She says she has managed to buy a plot of land at Shs 3 million as well as paying school fees for her children.

She is hopeful that she will start building her house and live a decent life.

” Kitovu Mobile has given me a great mileage because of the skills it equipped me with, “Namatovu says

As she trains, she also makes liquid soap using materials which are availed by Kitovu Mobile. “This makes me reap more profits because I use raw materials which less costly ”

Future plans

Namatovu says she has plans to have all the trainees merge and start up a production unit and start making liquid soap.

But she says it requires them to have materials and make good quality products which can effectively compete on the market.

When this is realized, she says the sky will be the limit of all the students she has trained under Kitovu Mobile because the market for liquid soap in big and yet to be tapped.

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