Sensitization Workshop at Acholi Inn, Gulu, Northern Uganda

By June 2014, 45,000 Ugandans/ East Africans had trained at Telesat International with the 65% of the successful Trainees recording a 55% to 300% growth in household income.

Such successful entrepreneurs’ are directly employing an average of 2 persons and passing on the skills to others. Our internal research has established that we have directly created over 80,000 entrepreneurial jobs since 2006.

According to our 2012 assessment report, Women participation in our enterprise skills training has been ranging between 44 and 47%. However; in terms of business success:
  • 67% of the women trained were progressing successfully two years after training.
  • 33% of the women we trained were unsuccessful due to reasons including; lack of starting capital, under-capitalization, husbands interference or in some instances we found that the working capital had been consumed by pressing domestic responsibilities such as sickness, education etc.
  • Of the 67% successful women, 65% of them are over 40 years. This was attributed to the fact that this category has domestic responsibilities which forces them to work even harder.

In summary, of the 45,000 East Africans trained by June 2014, 17,600 to 18,800 were women.
We shall work on a comprehensive Impact Assessment when we get the resources.

Besides the above, there is a lot more we have achieved. 

  1. We are the pioneers of non formal alternative skills training in East and Central Africa. Whoever you find in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and some Eastern parts of DR Congo and South Sudan running projects such as making Candles, School Chalk, Soaps & Detergents etc either was trained at Telesat International or trained by our Trainees.
  2. Government adopts Non Formal Alternative Vocational Skills: – Through the National Planning Authority (NPA), we managed to lobby the Government of Uganda to adopt non formal alternative vocational skills. This was done in 2008 when the C.E.O (Maalik Fahd Kayondo) of Telesat International was invited to take part in the National Planning Authority (NPA) Retreat at Ranch on the Lake. During deliberations, Maalik explain in detail about non formal skills, NPA picked it up, Since 2009/ 2010 the Government through the Ministry of Education & Sports – BTVET has been allocating funds for a countrywide non formal skills training program.
  3. Standards Certification: – With too much pressure on micro and small scale manufacturers regarding standards certification, UNBS S - MarkTelesat International lobbied for introduction of a Certification process that suits micro and small scale manufacturers. Working with Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) Executive Director (Dr. Maggie Kigozi) we managed to convince Uganda National Bureau of Standards to introduce a customized standards certification process for micro and small scale manufacturers. Today, the country has the S-Mark, this has gone a long way helping build consumer confidence in as far as locally made products are concerned.
  4. Bio – Digester Plus. For the first time in Uganda, Telesat International developed an organic product (Bio – Digester Plus) which bio-digestor-plus2clears stinking smells and sludge from Pit Latrines and Septic Systems. The product saves the user a lot of money which would otherwise be used to empty the septic system or dig a new pit latrine. Though the production and supply is still at small scale due to resource limitations, we plan at some time to scale up and have this environment conservation technology adopted in other countries.
  5. Mukisa Blue Varnish.slide7-150x150Mukisa Blue Varnish (MBV) is a product of Telesat International.

    Research that gave birth to MBV was commissioned by Bead For Life in a search for a safe, non toxic sealant for her paper bead handcrafts made by poor women under her care in Uganda.

    MBV is a water based sealant, free of hard metals and all sorts of intoxicants. Three tests have confirmed this with the latest test conducted by Gary Pascoe, Ph.D., D.A.B.T, an Independent Toxicologist of RGA Environmental, Inc in Seattle, USA.

  6. Innovations: We have made much more in terms of innovations. We have designed and produced a range of machinery/ equipment for MSMEs. These include manual soap equipment, Charcoal Briquettes machinery/ equipment and agro processing machinery/ equipment.

    We shall be updating this list of achievements by November 2014. Please endeavour to check back