Tour De North Bamboo Village

Published on June 2, 2016 um 19:46

Explain your idea in details:

There are many opportunities in Northern districts to produce and sell goods made out of locally available natureal resources but young people in the area are not prone to think of such opportunities available for them and also lack of knowledge and practical skills on how to produce such finished goods. There is lack of training opportunities in the area and where such technical training opportunities exist, the youth are often not able to pay the fees of the training. Youth also have limited access to required startup capital due to lack of collateral, fear of risk-taking and high interest rates in existing financial institutions. To address the above mentioned challenges, Tour De North Bambo Village project will offer training in shea oil production, shea crème and shea soap making. The project equips beneficiaries with practical skills in those products using appropriate technology with a cottage industry approach. This prepares the beneficiaries to produce traditional shea oil for food consumption, laundry soap and shea crème for both domestic use and market sales using shea oil and other locally available materials. The training takes one week for each group and the technology requires locally made wooden and metallic equipment and plastic utensils that are cost effective and affordable by all classes of people. Linkage to existing finance institutions; beneficiaries are linked to youth friendly financial products so as to increase their access to capital. Given the limitations faced by potential entrepreneurs in this business field; Training in group dynamics and formation of working groups: beneficiaries are equipped with knowledge on group dynamics so that they are able to startup. Entrepreneurship training: the project equips beneficiaries with entrepreneurial skills so that they are able to apply the practical skills into viable business ventures leading to job creation like ILOs start your Business

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

- Increased employment opportunities for different youth categories e.g. youth with disability, child mothers, school drop outs and those with qualification both male and female will reduce on the unemployment rate in the community and as well as check on idleness that leads to substance abuse, gambling, anti-social behavior like fighting, theft, and high crime rates in the communities. Employment earning shall be very helpful to the child mothers and persons with disability also get equal opportunity like the rest of the youth in the community hence can compete equally for better life in the community. Those that dropped out of school can then save their earnings to get back to school. Government and local authorities shall receive tax which is then used to stock drugs in health centres and community development programs. Measures to evaluate success - Number of visitors to the village and community - Business impact assessments with yearly financial audit - The revenue growth and business outputs - Marketing through;- signage planting, social media thats all the various platforms, radios and print medias like travel magazines - Organizing FAM trips for stakeholders like tour operators and tour guides as well as having thematic events to attract the general public to come experience what the village has got to offer. - Quality assurance and control systems - Retaining of staffs, this shall be done with the help of more training for the staffs to deliver quality services and products to the clients and the entire market. - Increased demand for the village and community based made products by both the local, regional, national and international markets - Increased training and research demand from interested bodies outside the area scope of operations - Reduced idleness, substance abuse and crime rates in the community.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Community mobilisation, sensitization and selection of beneficiaries/staffs. Management team will be self-motivated, effective coordination between different partners, professionalism, solidarity and commitment of project players. In sustainability it will need constant communication in business, conducting regular market research, using different advertisements for the business, branding of business product and watching your budget, capacity building and development of the small team, having customer focussed growth strategies and having a strong target audience of the business customers.
The Add-On and the Advertising model, 2The Affiliate and Auction model. 3Direct sale of products
Financing source;- Community group revolving fund approach (Microcredit SACCOS) Micro finance institutions locally established in the community for low interest rate loans, Engaging in entrepreneurial training of interested people outside the area scope, Community Driven Development (CDD)grants from the local government, Soft loans from friends and family members
Collaborators;- Northern districts Local government, Business/project staffs, Development partners, Various participating groups in the production chain, Surrounding Communities

Your profile

Date of Birth: 1st July 1982 Name: Gillian Josephine .O. POchen Qualifications: BA Tourism Management ( MUK) 2008, Certificate - Psychosocial Support Caritas training school Gulu 2008, Certificate - Tour operations packaging- Uganda Tourism Association(UTA)2014, Certificate Silver Level guiding - Uganda safari guides Association (USAGA) 2015, Certificate. Start Your Business training (SYB) UNDP/ILO 2015. I am driven to success by mainly hard work, self-motivation, quick learning, research , taking challenging situations, constant interactions with others in other fields, creative thinking, Risk taker, Exhibit great interpersonal skills and customer care with fluent communication skills. Working experiences: Operations Manager at Watmon House of Fruits Gulu; Executive Director and Founder of Northern Uganda Tourism Forum (NUTOF) a Community Based Organization (CBO) in Northern Uganda working with communities around tourist attraction sites empowering them to embrace tourism related activities to enhance household income, Executive Board member - Acholi Heritage and Tourism Board (AHTB) with significant responsibilities of being a treasurer, providing tourism technical services, Representative of Tour operators and Tour guides on Acholi Heritage and Tourism Board, Community tourism Coordinator with Acholi cultural experience at Fort Patiko/ Bakers Fort.

Tour De North

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage, planning stage, start-up stage

Growing bamboo

Harvested Bamboo

Unshelled Shea seeds

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August 28, 2016 21:49

I support your project by a vote and a comment

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August 21, 2016 18:29

You conceived a great idea. Sure it's great, when it comes to social problems, your idea is the real solution. I support it by votes and comments. Just don't give up if want to implement it!

Anthony Amuceno

August 19, 2016 13:22

With this high rate of unemployment Ugandan government needs mutual partners in her job creation that's why after reading your idea I think u r part of this,Josephine congratulations and good luck

Anthony Amuceno

August 17, 2016 23:31

You have a really wonderful idea here and this can address a lot of the job crisis we face,congratulations

August 17, 2016 21:04

I love this innovative/unique idea .....she is one step ahead with this idea!

June 13, 2016 17:21

Hi, you have a good idea there.
I have cast my vote for you!
Please i need you support also and a comment will also help. please check out my idea by clicking "Pwavodi Tanihungoama Joshua" above, and give your valuable comment/advice.

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Thank you in advance for your time.

June 8, 2016 03:16

Hi Gillian,
I have cast my vote for you!

When you get a moment, please check out my idea by clicking "Lakshya Pawan Shyam" above, and give your valuable.

Also, if you like my idea, PLEASE vote for me!

Thank you in advance for your time.

June 6, 2016 12:29

Your idea for the youths is compelling and given that unemployment is very high in our region I believe your project/idea if implemented will go along way in helping our community.

June 6, 2016 00:54

Hie dear congratulations on your project, I support it .since we are friends here I've just voted for ur project, so please kindly vote for my idea too

Project Diginity the idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project category 2016

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 18:54

Due to the high rate of unemployment in my country Uganda especially among the younger population in the northern region that comprise of both educated and non educated youth. As a result of 2 decades of civil war in the region that hindered a number of young people from attaining proper education to enable them compete for the few available jobs in the competitive job market. Tour de north bamboo village idea seeks to address this gap as well as cultural rejuvenation and putting to use our natural resources into task of creating descent employment without discriminations and earning a livelihood for the general surrounding communities.