As I mentioned before that SINA is a cradle for social entrepreneurs, where people get support from 360 degrees training them with entrepreneur courses, building their organizational capacity through holacracy system, gaining emotional and professional support via the mentorship process. There were 32 different social projects going on and it is getting more and more. Those projects cover hottest social topics, ranging from plastic upcycle and recycle, girl’s and women’s health production, refugee capacity building, suicide prevention, plastic bottle construction and more.
I was lucky to get in touch with some of the projects when I was there. The first one belongs to my mentor Josephine who is an ambitious lady with her unique sense of art. She dealing with fashion products to empower disadvantaged citizens by training them certain skills and most importantly, her products are most eco-friendly which the raw materials are mostly extracted from leaf, trees, plastics and clothes within African beauty. My other mentor Odi who is also practicing fashion projects, mainly to empower youth with tailoring and design skills, and his special products are made from the tire which makes him so unique and I also bought his tire products when I was about to leave. They both are so friendly and supportive to me, not only sharing their life stories but also giving me advice unconditionally. I am so grateful to have them to be my mentors.
The second one is Unleashed, the SINA model which has been conducted in one of the largest refugee sectors in Uganda and I was so lucky to spend my wonderful 14 days there. The founder Victor Turatsinze Mafigi is a very dedicate and hard-working man, he has a clear vision for his organization and nothing can stop him from achieving that vision. It is very great to see that he has that desire to enable refugees to pursue their dreams and undoubtedly, this exists gives refugees hopes and reasons for living. I learned a lot from him and he is a true social entrepreneur. Actually, there are several organizations have been acted in different refugee sectors across Uganda from SINA and I believe it is the good cause for SINA to scale.
The third one is Kyaffe Farmers Coffee, they have two main members and they are both strive for this project. This project, of course, is about coffee, they use coffee to empower women farmers with fair-trade and also support their children’s education. They have 100% organic Eco-friendly fair trade coffee and they innovatively create other products out of coffee like the coffee liquor a blend of Uganda’s coffee and the briquettes made out of residues of coffee. These are used for cooking in local communities and reduced the cutting down of trees. They also won some awards like women stop hunger, Obama foundation Africa leader, Best New coffee product etc. I get to know how coffee has been made in the industry through this project and it was a fresh experience for me.
The last one I want to talk about the project which initiated by my partner and now she is my best friend there. Her project is helping the elderly to earn extra income by making handicrafts, and then use that income to invest them doing mini-business to generate more income. The project is still on the early stage and we both have gone through problem research, idea generation, statement creation and some interviews. I enjoyed this process and it gave me a taste of how is a startup come up and it also equipped me some confidence to start my own. Now she has some new team members and we are still connecting, and I do believe this project will come to the market soon as she is doing a great job there.
There are still so many projects going on in SINA, and you can refer to here to find more projects. I truly appreciate this place to ignite my passion and to connect me with so many like-minded people. They are my spiritual source and I am so grateful. I highly recommend this place to you if you are still confused about your confidence, capacity and faith.
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