By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - Shakillah Kabagenyi, a final year student of Bachelors in Business Administration, Finance and Accounting is walking the talk of entrepreneurship to earn a living. She doesn't have to sit and wait for an employment opportunity.
Shakillar spends much of her free time crocheting shoes, sandals, caps, hats, cardigans booty shorts, skirts among others. This has enabled her to survive in Kampala since the end of a countrywide COVID-19 lockdown without anybody's assistance.
While talking to KIU news, Shakillar disclosed the source of her skills.
"I always attend YouTube lectures about crocheting and knitting. This has helped me to improve at least gradually," she admitted.
She said it took her the whole of COVID-19 lockdown to master the art of crocheting.
Shakillah used only 20,000 Uganda shillings as her initial capital. She used the money to buy threads, a hook, and a sole.
"With this, I started my business project," says Shakillah.
She sold her first pair of sandals at 18000 shillings. This took only two threads leaving her with a profit of 11000 shillings which she reinvested to advance her business. Shakillah currently produces at least two pairs of sandals, a cap, and a cardigan in four days.
Shakillah wants to become a great fashion designer, trainer, and entrepreneur.
She is currently working on her research thesis, a final requirement for the award of any degree at Kampala International University.
Shakillar's story is evidence that any one can make a living from that thing they love most.
"We only need to be open to learning and willing to start with what we have, however small it may be," she says.