From Job Loss to Business Success: How Kyusa Empowered Me to Thrive


Introducing Nakabugo Justine, a mother of three and a professional accountant who lost her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With some savings set aside, she ventured into business and opened a General Merchandise Shop in Kalangala. However, Justine struggled with organization and keeping track of her finances. Fortunately, she joined the KYUSA Business plus ICT program, which helped her gain valuable skills and knowledge to manage her business operations effectively. Now, she is on track with all her operations, ensuring that her income and expenses are well taken care of, which is crucial for any business.

In her own words …

My name is Justine Nakabugo, and I am a mother of three with a professional background in accounting. After losing my job due to the downsizing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to use some of my savings to start a General Merchandise business shop on the Bugala island in August 2022. However, as someone who was previously working in an office, I lacked practical knowledge of managing a business, especially in terms of being organized and keeping track of my finances.

Fortunately, I was introduced to the KYUSA Business plus ICT program, which was exactly what I needed to gain the skills and knowledge required to manage my business effectively. Through the training, I learned how to keep accurate records of every activity and transaction, from stock taking to setting a limit on the amount of money I draw from the business each month. This has been crucial in enabling me to assess the profitability of my business and make informed decisions that will help me grow and sustain it in the future.

I am extremely grateful to KYUSA and all the stakeholders who brought this program to our community. The skills and knowledge I have gained through the program have helped me overcome my initial challenges in managing my business, and I am now more confident in my ability to run a successful enterprise. I would encourage anyone looking to start or grow their own business to take advantage of the KYUSA training program and the resources it offers.”


Justine’s testimonial is a testament to the impact of KYUSA’s Business Plus ICT program on small business owners in Kalangala. KYUSA has been instrumental in helping Justine and many other entrepreneurs like her to acquire vital business skills and knowledge that have enabled them to succeed in their businesses. By providing training and mentorship programs, KYUSA is empowering young people to create sustainable businesses, improve their livelihoods, and contribute to the economic development of their communities. If you’re a young entrepreneur looking to grow your business, KYUSA is the organization to turn to. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take your business to the next level.