A new initiative by the Mara Foundation in partnership with the Angels Finance Cooperation is creating opportunities for young entrepreneurs across Kampala. Called the Mara Launchpad, it is an action packed business incubation ecosystem designed to foster the growth of small start up or expanding businesses that lack the tools and support needed to get their business up and running.
It can be challenging for startup businesses to be productive and professional when working out of a bedroom, livingroom, briefcase, basement or garage. With limited resources to rent a commercial space, The Mara Launchpad provides young entrepreneurs with affordable office space to conduct business in a professional manner, well equipped with furniture, boardroom, meeting area, and unlimited internet access, all for 300,000UGX per month. But more importantly, the businesses will receive marketing and promotional support, access to mentorship, and ongoing business support and guidance.
The space has incredible resources for young entrepreneurs and provides a great entrepreneurial environment. Need to book space email: Launchpad@mara-foundation.org or call: +256779698906.
The Mara Foundation Charity Date Auction is back again this year due to public demand. For those of you who missed out on last years event, it was heaps of fun. Thank you to all our volunteers, the beautiful Darlyne, Michelle Tutt who unfortunately isn’t in Uganda anymore, Joanna, Carlo and the fabulous boys Rodney and Danny Ludlow. You guys were amazing and we raised a total of 11m which we used to build water reserves for the visually impaired students of Sir Apollo Kaggwa SSS.
We were able to build 2 of these tanks each with a holding capacity of 20,000ltrs. The construction has been completed and after the next rain harvest, the students will not be walking 2km to fetch water anymore.
This year we shall be focusing on a school we have only recently partnered with called Katale Kamese SSS in Nakaseke district.
The school has an incomplete but roofed 3 classroom block and an office, the office has no plaster on the walls and the floors are not cemented, it also has another incomplete four classroom block within which 2 classrooms double as a hall. Currently S.4 students sit in an outside shade which means they can’t study if it rains. The school does not have any laboratory; it has a makeshift kitchen and canteen which was not open on the day of the visit.
Let us join hand once again a give these students a roof for their classroom. We are open to any volunteers and sponsors for the Date Auction, just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.