Choosing the social entrepreneurship elective module was the first option for me because of the high challenges in this model, such as, visiting African country and living in different lifestyle and also observes the poverty in the developing countries.

We started our preparation to our trip to Uganda with taking the needed vaccination and malaria tablets, and realising the dangerous of kidnaping and being a victim in several kinds of crimes. However, that did not make me hesitate to go.

Since we arrived to Uganda, the first thing that grab my attention was the kids and their happy faces, smiling and running after us and calling us “Muzungo” whish mean a person with white skin, and having fun even if they do not have toys to play with it, they create it from the available tools.

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From our visits influenced me one of the business women that we have visited, she was 84 years old and she owned ten rooms and she lease it, and she have never increase the prices even that she has added new facilities because she knows the situation of her tenants. Visiting people and entering their homes and giving us a gifts from what they have, sugar-cane, bananas and a lot of love and welcomes and hugs is really a very great experience.

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Happiness does not have anything related with being rich, happiness come from your inside, from really appreciate what you have and care about it and understand the value from it. I learned from the kids how to smile, and how to enjoy your life with the available thing you have, I learned from the women how to be strong and work to improve your situation even if they are suffering from diseases such as HIV.

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Blog post written by Menal Alsadhan a current MBA student at Westminster Business School.

 

 

Comments

  • In Uganda like elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, happiness is the norm even if many people are living in very very poor conditions with no hope whatsoever. However, the only hope is when people like you assist in terms of equipping these poor people with skills which they can use to exploit the many untapped resources in Uganda and elsewhere. People in Africa should be facilitated in ‘fishing’ rather than giving them the ‘fish’ for purposes of sustainable development which will lead to having happy faces always.

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