Customer Profile: Ssemanda Charles

Ssemanda, with his 5th Tugende boda boda on his stage

Ssemanda, with his 5th Tugende boda boda on his stage

Ssemanda is on the verge of paying off his fifth Tugende lease since he started driving a boda boda in 2013 . We recently chatted about what he’s done with the boda bodas that he’s come to own, what he’s achieved from the Tugende leases and what he’s up to now that he’s about to own his fifth motorcycle.

Why did you choose Tugende?

I am an electrician and still work as such when it is required of me. However, it did not pay enough, though, so I started driving boda bodas to supplement my income. I had saved up some money, but not enough to purchase a motorcycle. When I found out about Tugende I visited the offices and successfully received my first bike. Classes were so helpful, especially as I did not have much experience working as a boda rider.

What have you done with the motorcycles that you owned?

I lease out my boda bodas to others and I’ve earned more that enough to look after myself and the family, and I am proud of being of help to others in need. I am so grateful to Tugende for helping me to own my own motorcycles, which is why I keep returning. Ultimately, I am saving to start a side business for myself.

What are you up to now that you’re on your way to ownership again?

I am so happy and relieved. I will drive this one myself as I decide what to do next.

Customer Profile: Tamale Julius

Tamale Julius, boda boda owner and proprietor of Tamale Video Hall

Tamale Julius, boda boda owner and proprietor of Tamale Video Hall

Tamale Julius is one of Tugende’s many alumni. He started driving in 2011, and has since gained ownership of three motorcycles through Tugende. We recently talked to him about how he joined Tugende, what he thinks of the Tugende classes and what he plans to do now that he’s successfully paid off his third bike. Continue reading

Tugende CEO, Michael Wilkerson on SOCAPTV

Motorcycle taxis are an enormous industry in East Africa. They help people move through traffic in cities, and in rural areas, where there is no public transport, they get people where they need to go, literally driving the economy. At the same time motorcycles are incredibly important source of jobs especially in countries like Uganda where 70% the population is under 25 and unemployment is high. Continue reading

Meet Tugende’s 2015 Fellows

The Tugende 2015 Fellowship Programme offered 3 individuals the unique opportunity to use their skills in support of Uganda’s entrepreneurial boda drivers. Our interns jumped into Kampala life with both feet and made a significant impact on Tugende over this exciting summer, during which we eclipsed 1000 active customers. Continue reading