GORILLA ARTS AFRICA
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
83% and 60% of youths in Uganda and Africa are unemployed according to Wikipedia and African Economic Outlook respectively, as African Art Innovation Ltd Company, we believe that, this increasing growing youth unemployment both in Uganda and Africa can only be reduced through youth empowerment programs that do not only focus on profit maximization also creating a plat form where sustainable labor resource can be trained for increased labor supply in the labor market and it’s on these argued views that African Art Innovations Company was established to venture in the specified fields. Under these fields youths are not only trained to produce purely African Handmade/Crafted items that have earned great repute in mostly European countries hence a boost of the company status but also creation of a ready market for the products produced and also increased awareness of the viability African environment. This improved state of affairs has resulted into job creation which are both direct and indirect. Apparently, since the commencement of the company operations in Oct 2014, Gorilla Arts Africa project, has more than 50 individuals that have been employed by the company indirectly. The project looks towards utilizing abundantly available resources like clay, bark cloth among others. Beyond the company confined objectives, African Art Innovations Ltd is in partnership with Gain Confidence Africa www.gainconfidenceafrica.org a civil society organization (NGO) were we extend financial support for the organization to realize its intended objectives, mission and vision. The center focus of the organization is to build a self-confident destined generation of youths who will face tomorrow’s challenges as opportunities through creation of a platform, where youth and young people and their communities can share skills, participate in promoting human rights awareness while exploring innate abilities towards development, built on a foundation of equity.
Sustainability and future plans
We are putting efforts at making the platform open, whereby anyone within our community, Uganda and Africa at large will be in position to post an item, its description and price, for as long as it meets the guidelines. We are planning to build our own center where value addition and further training can be conducted in all the managed, both the formal and the informal projects as well as developing more project that may involve tracking tourism potentials. We believe that our prospect can mostly be achieved by the support from you and other interested partners that your platform is going to expose us to among which market our product as a steadily growing company will precedent the rest. This in a long run will help us to be able to establish and own a Handmade Arts, crafts & Ceramics factory, the only one of its kind in Africa where learning, crafting and storing of handmade items will take place using our own long term trained labor this will not only develop a number of youth passion and interest in Arts, Crafts and Ceramics but will also develop their innate skills and be a future career that is practically managed. We are also planning to have exchange service programs with partners in other countries dealing in the same industry mostly from Asia and Europe as we look forward to establish them, here interested youths will be able to work and be trained further in the exchange programs which will improve not only their skills but also their income which income will be reinvested in the mother country thus increasing the investment level. Working way is prospected to create over 2500 jobs either directly or indirectly for the unemployed youths in Uganda and Africa in a period of five years.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am a male Ugandan aged 21 studying at Sikkim Manipal University India, Uganda Learning Centre (ISBAT), pursing a bachelor’s degree of science in information technology. A three years course and I am in second year. My working experience, 2011-2012, I worked as a News Reporter at channel 44 television in Kampala. In 2013 (July, August, September), I did a 3months’ internship at New Vision Printing and Publishing Corporation in Kampala. September 2013 – September 2014, I worked at Indigo Color Separation as a Prepress Officer and also was elected as chairperson and board of directors Gain Confidence Africa, a charitable organization in Uganda. On 30th October 2014, I founded African Art Innovations Ltd, a company with a team of four dedicated individuals running its day to day activities. In May 2016, our project Gorilla Arts Africa was shortlisted in the ACIA awards (http://acia.ug/) in Uganda. The young ICT innovators awards, received over 300 applicants and we emerged among 6 shortlisted projects that would also exhibit there work. We have also been shortlisted in the ANZISHA prize 2016 (http://www.anzishaprize.org/) to second round. The Anzisha Prize seeks to award young entrepreneurs in Africa who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. I am interested in; meeting new people, learning new skills, encouraging others, sharing personal experience and bringing a simile one’s face. Please visit my blog to know more. Blog : www.bestofhamza.esy.es/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fkhamza