The CE3 Project in Uganda: Entrepreneurial Spotlight
Formerly a camp for internally displaced people during the LRA war and a refuge for South Sudanese refugees fleeing the violence in neighboring South Sudan, the town of Pabo sits just south of the Uganda-South Sudan border, in the Amuru District of northern Uganda.
David Akena runs an electronic repair business in Pabo. Originally, a diesel generator provided David’s business with 1 to 2 hours of power each day, limiting the number of repairs he could complete. By using solar provided through the Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship project (CE3), NDIGD's partnership with Accenture and Lenovo, David’s business now has 6 to 10 hours of power each day, allowing David to complete more repairs and generate significantly more revenue.
David has increased his business by a factor of six since The CE3 Project began. He’s gone from one business to five, and counting. He has hired six employees besides himself and his wife.
David is extremely industrious. His long-term goals include training young people in electronics repair so that they can start their own businesses. Personally, he has purchased two plots of land on which to build houses to leave to his two children, a goal dear to his heart.
David was a participant in CE3’s first cohort of ICT and Entrepreneurship Training. Since completing the course, David has used his new skills to launch two new businesses and, in the process, creating new jobs in his community. In addition to his electronics repair shop, David also owns a clothing business and has just opened a music recording studio. Using the business planning skills acquired through Accenture's Entrepreneurship Essentials Course, David was able to build an investment plan that enabled him to build his music business incrementally, through savings, from a CD-burning business to a fully operational studio. All of David’s businesses run on CE3 power.
The CE3 model works as designed: electricity provides connectivity in support of computer-based entrepreneurial training and mentorship, which leads to business development, which leads to higher demand for electricity, which leads to the system growing to a size that can be first sustained and eventually produce a return on investment to recover initial capital expense and expansion.