By Rogers Wanambwa
KIU, Main Campus - In the latest presidential address on May 19, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced that it is going to be compulsory for everyone to wear a face mask as and when they're travelling and moving in public.
He clarified that the manufacture of these masks will not be a monopoly of companies like Nytil which have been contracted by the government to make the masks.
This has brought about a new business opportunity with different individuals seeking to also participate in this business and gain some profits from this opportunity which has presented itself.
One of the individuals who are already reaping from the business is Juliet Namujju of Kimuli Fashionability (in the picture) who begun 'manufacturing reusable, washable and biodegradable anti-viral face masks as an alternative to single-use face masks which are made of plastic.'
The company’s founder, Juliet Namujju, a Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF-GIZ sponsored entrepreneur, was featured earlier this year in January on CNN African voices “Changemakers”.
The writer of this story also managed to interview a local tailor who agreed to talk on condition of anonymity and she told him that she is also making face masks.
"I have been making double-layered masks for two weeks now after several customers came around asking if I can manufacture for them some."
"I have now went on (sic) to employ three girls from the neighbourhood whom I taught how to manufacture the masks and we are now producing 50 masks daily," she added.
She sells the masks to different individuals, companies and institutions in Entebbe where the writer resides. Each mask is priced at 2,000 Uganda shillings.
With government opening the mask-making business environment up, you too can benefit from this opportunity by learning how to manufacture the masks and selling them in the locality for the start.
Picture credit: Kimuli Fashionability