Gulu PWDs and Akera Robert at the First ECT at GDPU Knowledge Sharing and Planning Meetings (Pilot), Gulu

In Gulu District and Omoro district during June, Musema Faruk, the ECT @ GDPU project officer, carried out the first Knowledge Sharing and Planning meeting with the four pilot groups.

The meetings were aimed at identifying needs and gaps to be addressed in order to improve and develop their business enterprises. Once identified. step two is to engaging each group in tailor made trainings to address and solve the issues raised.

The planning meeting was based on three core areas:

Skills Gap: to identify their skills gap and design training to address them

Business Skills Gap: to identify the gaps in areas of business management skills and how to deal with surrounding environment.

Material/Tools Gap: what materials and tools will each group need to fill those gaps and how will they pay for them?

Project officer training and sharing knowledge
ETC @t  GDPU Project officer training and sharing knowledge with Gulu PWDs and Akera Robert

Knowledge sharing meeting with Gulu PWDs Electronics and Akera Robert business enterprise:

On Friday 23th June 2017 the ETC @ GDPU project officer shared learning and challenges with the two enterprises at GDPU Hall, Gulu Town.


The three core areas discussed in the knowledge sharing meeting with the identified youth enterprises:

Skills gap

They all lack the skills in repair of T.V whoopers, flat irons and radios, which are very marketable today.

Lack of computer knowledge

Students were trained in repair of feature phones, they have little knowledge in repair of smart phones which are an increasing part of the market.

Business skills gap

Daily Savings

Poor Customer care

Interpersonal skills and building self-esteem for the group members

Poor record keeping


Time management

Poor marketing skills

Material support

Purchase of computer

Spare parts

Solar/stand by generator

Safety boards


Akera Roberts Businesss Enterprise
Akera Roberts, individual Businesss Enterprise

 Faruk shared with the groups the three questions raised on the ETC website in May:

1: What do you need to run a sustainable small business in Gulu?

The business owner should have ‘Vision’

The business owner should be creative enough

Knowledge of business skills

Good time management

Enough capital to run the business: acquire loan to run the business and expand the business

Level of Savings should be maintained to make the business more sustainable

Strategic location is important for a small business

Ready market available

Good security

2: What do you need to set up a small business and keep it going?

Business plan: must develop a plan that will help guide you in your business.

Having startup capital. Savings culture should also be maintained in order to run a sustainable business

Record keeping is very important, it helps in tracking the business performance

Identifying a strategic location for your business, a place where people can have access to your products and services is very important.

Market research on the available demands and goods that are on market

Good communication skills in business are very important, because they build customers trust and confidence in your business and help in maintaining it.

Marketing your enterprise is very important because people will get to know what you deal in

Time management

3. What do you need to succeed in a small business in that district if you are disabled?

Register business: having a registered business well known by its branded name and to the local authority is very important if you are disabled.

Business knowledge and skills

Hard working person with vision and determination to achieve a goal is very important in a business

Good business plan and following the plan

Adequate capital: open business account in the bank or micro finance banks available in the community.

Having a savings culture as a disabled person will give room for expansion and development

Record keeping is one the most important tools to monitor the progress of the business, so it’s advisable for PWDs to keep records of their business transactions.

Marketing is important in making people know the kind of products you are dealing in or selling. Advertisement: it’s very important to increase peoples knowledge

Good customer care

Net working with other stake holders in the community they live in.

Risk taking

Good transport means available

Skilled labours: having supportive staffs that are skillful to help a disabled person in his or her business give a lot of weight for it to succeed.

Akera Roberts Businesss Enterprise 4
Akera Roberts, individual Businesss Enterprise

Next Steps:

Suggestions for future training:

Skills training on radio, TV, woofers, flat iron and smart phones repair to increase their coverage in repair, hence out competing competitors.

Skills training in computer literacy to help them in flashing phones and identifying technical problems with other smart phones

Training in business skills to manage agriculture businesses

Training in VSLA within the enterprise to encourage the culture of savings among enterprise members.

Training in group dynamics.

Training in finding material support to develop retail business for spare parts. For example, Akera Robert has the required skills in repair of radio, TV, computer, woofers etc, he has saved shillings amounting to 3,000,000/= to buy spare parts, he has got a new space at sh 300,000/= he has a budget of 5,000,000/= but he needs support.

Groups five years plan

Sales of spare part for phones, Radio, TV and other appliances by Akera Robert

Farming, especially livestock farming achievable in one year

Opening a vocational institute, training youth with disabilities in electronic repair, Hairdressing etc.

Robert repairing a solar light at his workshop in Gulu Town
Akera Robert repairing a solar light at his workshop in Gulu Town