December 5, 2022

The Sisters Blended Value Project (SBVP) Hosts the Inaugural Strathmore Social Enterprise Conference, Uganda

Katherine Keango

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On Thursday, 1st December 2022, we hosted the Inaugural Strathmore Social Enterprise Conference, Uganda at the Imperial Hotel, Kampala. The Social entrepreneurship Conference is an initiative of the Conrad Hilton funded Sisters’ Blended Value Project and aims to create a greater appreciation for social entrepreneurship and best practices for sustainability of social enterprises.

Sr. Speranza Namusisi, Chairperson and President of the Association of Religious in Uganda, speaking during the Conference, commended the SBVP for endeavoring to empower religious institutes in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia towards building sustainable social enterprises. Ronald Mukasa, Director of Research, Innovation, and Learning, at Enterprise Uganda, urged participants to engage with stakeholders to create greater impact and find solutions to the current challenges in today’s enterprise landscape.

Livingstone Mukasa, CEO/Co-founder, Four One Financial, Dison Bosco Okumu, Executive Director, Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, Nakavuye Sarah Kiggongo, Head Teacher, Masaka School for Children with Special Needs, and Dr. Cathy Mbide, Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre, Makerere University engaged in a spirited discussion that brought forth divergent opinions on risks and challenges in transforming social enterprises through corporate governance, upskilling, and effective youth leadership.

The afternoon sessions featured sessions on tax and social entrepreneurship and scaling. The session on tax featured the Sheema Municipality Member of Parliament, Hon. Dickson Kateshumbwa who urged participants to be fiscally responsible while operating their social enterprises while  Dr. Tom Burginza, Country Manager, Armour Energy Uganda, gave the final remarks on impact through collaboration and partnerships,  and measurement tools to assess long term impact of a social

The Conference came to a close with Sr. Judith Barnabas, Regional Director – Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix sharing her experience with the sisters in attendance on how she took the initiative to set-up a  coffee farm in Masaka, Uganda. The support from ACWECA, ARU, and the Sisters’ Blended Value Project allowed her to start the project, which impacts the communities affected by job insecurity as a result of overfishing in the Lake Victoria – the project provides employment opportunities that uplift the lives of people living in this area.

About the Sisters’ Blended Value Project

The Sisters’ Blended Value Project focuses on supporting Catholic Sisters to build sustainable social enterprises through developing capacities, supporting networks and information hubs and building robust financial services. This project is being implemented in 4 countries: Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania. Learn more about this project here

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