Mr Boda is a married man with three children. He lives alone in Kampala where he rented a house while his wife and children live in a suburb of Masaka. He has been a motor-taxi driver for 3 years and before that he was a farmer. Today he manages the two sources of funding and his wife runs a small shop in Masaka. Mr Boda’s plantation brings in about 6 million shilling per year and earns on average 35,000 shilling per day excluding fuel expenses and food. Mr Boda recruits young people in the suburbs to take care of his plantation.
Mr Boda left school after his primary education and started small jobs without success. Under the leadership of his brother, he began his plantation of 7 acres where he cultivates mainly coffee. He said the money to start was not much. After having agriculture as the only source of income for years, he decided to embark on the motorcycle taxi by buying his own bike. He did not need an agricultural training to become a farmer and he says today he is experienced.
I listened to this story while on the motorcycle of Mr Boda, the morning of February 3, 2016 as he rode me to my workplace. He transported me from Kyanja to Bukoto Street-Kamwokya and on the way, we started discussing about his work. I was branded by his testimony and I asked him if he realized that he was rich and he was a boss. He burst out laughing, saying that life is expensive in Kampala. Furthermore, most of this money is used to send his children to school.
Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to learn more because we had arrived. I had learned enough anyway … I began to think about all those people without jobs, without education throughout Africa and I wondered if Mr. Boda’s brother had not given him the money to start a plantation, what would he have become? Moreover, I began to wonder about the applicability of SGDs … Even for someone who has only a primary education. Where had he learned the principle of development: Advices? Models ? Or the instinct of human survival? How can we do so that 70 million youths under unemployment in Africa emerges with the skills they have or that we can build on them? If Mr Boda applied the principles of entrepreneurship, would it not be much more successful in a few years?
What emerges from the conversation with Mr. Boda:
- The number of years of education does not guarantee productivity
- Funding guides can help to create jobs
- A development plan allows multiple sources of financial input, ensuring the sustainability of productivity.
- Besides the income of his wife, Mr Boda earns an average of $ 14 per day (what an American of the same condition could gain in an hour)
Together we can be actors of youths’development by:
- Identifying young undereducated, unemployed or underemployed
- Asking them what they would like to do and where they are skilled
- Helping build their capacity
- Mobilizing funding to propel them into employment
- Getting them to have multiple sources of income
- Providing proven entrepreneurial principles to conduct these projects.
Duplicating the experience of Mr Boda, in making the necessary adjustments could save millions of youths in Africa.Readers like you can empower youths’ lifes by investing in one of the above mentioned points: All ideas, material or financial investments that will achieve this dream that may be common to all.
By Hervé-Boris NGATE,Masters Intercultural Studies.
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