When MTN Uganda the MTN For Good campaign in February, 2020 the telecom giant intended to awaken the youth to the fact that their dreams are just some actions away if they dared to persue them. What came out form the entries was the fact that there are young people out there are already stepping out of the comfort zones daring to dream bigA case in point is one Joseph Semayengo, rather than stay unemployed, Semayengo a graduate of Information Technology decided to get his hands dirty ending a decent living
While youths shun blue collar jobs, Semayengo has decided to take up brick making despite his degree in information technology, something that endeared to the voters who found his modesty likeable and realistic
It was no surprise that he garnered the second highest votes, after Douglas Smith of Spartise beating hundreds of other applicants who had submitted their videos to stand a chance of winning of mentorship from MTN in it’s For Good campaign that was launched across all it’s markets with the sole vision of connecting youths to their dreams
“I hate comfort zones, that’s why I take up this form of employment without minding what my peers would say” said Semayengo.
At his young age, Semayengo already employs other five youths in his start up company. With the fast growing real estate and housing sector in Uganda, Semayengo is already getting good business.
Like all start-up entrepreneurs, Semayengo has big dreams for his company.
“Ten years from now, I see my company producing a whole range of clay construction materials such as bricks, maxpans, roofing tile and many others”. Semayengo said.
Despite the brief set back by the Corona Virus pandemic, Semayengo is positive that he will offset all these once things go back to normal. However, like everyone else, he is fighting to keep his business afloat.
“Our biggest challenge was the lack of company car. So most of us could not move during the lockdown despite being in the essential service sector” Semayengo said.
But apart from bricklaying, the young entrepreneur also ventured into farming where he grows cabbages, maize, and other crops. He also engages in poultry farming raising local Chicken which he sells off in the local markets.
Choosing to take one day at a time, and looking for possible sources to support his business, Semayengo took part in the For Good competition in which he graciously came second.
As a winner for the MTN For Good campaign, Semayengo will receive support from MTN including MTN mobile money, to seed into his business, 60GB data per month for six months among others. Semayengo is already undergoing an intensive MTN sponsored mentorship program that will help him manage his business better