Hustling comes in so many ways and when you do achieve your goals, you become stronger and feel proud of yourself. That is the case for Robinah Nampeera, a former student of Makerere who made a living out of a business much far from her engineering course.
How it all started
Robinah Nampeera did civil engineering while at campus but she always had a thought of venturing into a profession or business that is different from what she studied. It wasn’t a smooth path in the beginning because she had to build a foundation. She started off by buying clothes from Owino market and after would sell them for a profit. She then went on to trade meal cards. With all the free time she had on the weekends, she decided to venture into ushering and that’s when she joined one in town.
With her acquired skills, she decided to open up her own ushering company with just a start up capital of 300k which she used to buy uniforms and printed business cards. As we all this business is not an easy one especially when it comes to recruitment because some ladies do not trust ushering companies, but Nampeera never gave up, she pinned up forms at Mary Stuart with an entrance fee of 5k for those interested. That’s how the company Superior Girls was formed.
How it works
With her company ‘superior girls’ and her group of girls, their ushering covers events, birthdays and other parties. Nampeera does annual recruitment every January focusing on campus girls because in this way, they can get a bit of upkeep to take care of themselves. She does not let her girls mess around though that’s why during every event, a supervisor is assigned to monitor them.
“The first thing of course was to earn some little money to look after myself. secondly I’ve been exposed to the world and met prominent people along the way. I have gained more confidence and in the process improved my communication skills” said Catherine Dushime one of the ushers.
Every business has some challenges and these are what make you persevere to do better than before. We have issues ranging from advertising to looking for clients and when it comes down to it, some clients in order to cut costs, ask for few girls.
Nampeera speaking to the bee said it is a good idea for one to venture into their businesses than having to wait around for ‘blessers’ however she was quick to add that it’s better to seek advice from those who have made it on their own so they know how to go about it.
“I think they should seek advice from people who have already made it, do joint ventures to raise funds, learn to pray and seek advice from God as said in James 1:5. Not only that but also using social media advertising to talk about their businesses.”
Find them on Facebook @Superior Galz Ushers.