Bee farmer wins the 2022 South Women Entrepreneurship Awards

In Summary
  • The Bee farmer has spent twelve years in this business
  • She says the passion she has for her business made her win
Doreen Nsasiirwe who won the 2022 South Women Entrepreneurship Awards
Image: Namutebi Phiona

Doreen Nsasiirwe an entrepreneur in bee farming has won the 2022 South Women Entrepreneurship Awards held in Kampala, Uganda today.

The Awards carried out after every two years are purposely meant to appreciate and also strengthen women in entrepreneurship mostly those in agriculture.

Nsasirwe who has spent twelve years in the bee farming business says that she feels so happy to win adding that engaging in this competition has helped her become more relevant, innovative and practical.

She added that the win gives her an opportunity to network with entrepreneurs from across the globe such as Belgium and will also enable her get more bee farming skills as well as a larger market for her products.

Passion for what I do and understanding my products have helped me succeed

She will be travelling together with Sandra Enjang of western silk road and  Joy Mary Lwanga the proprietor of Shalom organic farm to Belgium to meet Queen Mathilde of Belgium to be awarded with funding.

Dr.Catherine Komugisha Tindiwensi one of the award organisers also the Senior Lecturer Department of Entrepreneurship explained that selecting the winner was a long process conducted by a panel of seven members both local and international.

Our focus was on creativity, impact of a business to the community, innovation among other factors, Komugisha narrated.

While awarding the exceptional ,the Deputy Head of Cooperation First Secretary  Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Belgium in Uganda Luc Pirson announced  a UGX 800 million (200,000 euros) grant towards the women operating small and medium enterprises in Uganda by his government.

Luc Pirson the Deputy Head of Cooperation First Secretary Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Belgium in Uganda
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He notes that proposals that are in line with the sustainable development plan shall be able to get funding to enable them expand to increase their production capacity.

Dickson Biryomumaisho – executive director, Uganda National Apiculture Development Organization notes that the value addition value chain in Uganda is largely dominated by women, although these still produce at a limited capacity due to lack of enough capital, adding that the grant is a great boost.

Some of the Competitors with the award organisers
Image: Namutebi Phiona