The young Rotarians are called Rotaractors at their weekly fellowships in Kampala representing the Rotract Club of Kampala South and guests have been advised to harness their strength and always be passionate at starting business and build it to scalability.
While delivering the key note speech, to rotractors in Kampala on Thursday 3rd October at hotel Africana Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia, Managing Director of the Ruparelia Group of companies, said that Uganda a very young nation with a lot of opportunities that favours business and economic growth and asked the young Rotarians to smell for opportunities and consider starting and building sustainable business enterprises.
“You can either choose to be remembered for business, charity, entrepreneurship or social work. Everybody will be remembered for something different and if you want to do something start, nurture it and take your time, teaching your self is a must because nobody will teach you, live working on it and one day eventually you are going to be there”. Rajiv said.
Rajiv gave more advice to youth to always ask themselves what happened. Can I do make more sales?Share your challenges with friends, family and other people and let them help you to get solutions. Do not be scared and stop relying on other people get out there and do it yourself and you be very good at it.
The fellowship ran under the theme: “Building Lasting Companies”, Mr. Rajiv presented together with other Guest Speakers Prof. Maggie Kigozi, the Director of Crown Beverages, and Mr. Amos Wekesa, the CEO Great Lakes Safaris who shared their experiences on how to start business and how they have managed to thrive and build them to where they are.
Mr.Amos Wekesa, the CEO Great Lakes Safaris said that starting business early helps building self-esteem and gives strength in scalability and such people who are brave to begin early will never go astray in working and building successful business.
“I have run a company for the last 18 years, the things that people want to know are the things they do not want to hear. I started business out of frustration, after being born from a poverty stricken family. I had so many encounters with life, spent a whole year without eating meat and one day I gate-crushed a wedding to have a chance to eat it,” Wekesa said.
Prof. Maggie Kigozi, the Director of Crown Beverages In her remarks told the Rotaractors to
always start small and focus on growing their business.
“All the wealthy people in the city did not start big. If you listen to their stories you will be surprised how they started”.
She warned rotaractors who
most of them are youth mainly those who crave for luxurious parties to
stop and consider mobilizing money for starting business at an early age.
“Do not demand for parties from your families. Organize a family business instead,” Kigozi said.
She cited the proprietors of Victorious Education Centre who started in a house and have now over four branches inside and outside Kampala.