What does your company, Good Glass Ltd., do?
We make beautifully designed recycled glass products. We provide fair wage jobs and foster social entrepreneurship in employees, resulting in sustainable livelihoods in Uganda.
What is your role? How is a typical day being you?
I am currently the director, head designer, PR person, finance department and logistics leader. I’m not sure there is a ‘typical’ day but I’m always busy running around to make sure all pieces fit together.
How come that you took exactly this path that you have chosen? How has your journey been so far?
After living and working in Kampala for five years with non-profit organizations and then getting my masters in International Development, I felt the best way to make a lasting impact was through creating jobs that train employees not only in glass recycling, but also in basic health, rights, and financial matters. With Good Glass Ltd. we are giving employees a space to earn a fair living and a platform to dream about their ideal jobs and assist them in making those dreams come true.
What’s your next step? What’s your dream/vision?
My dream for Good Glass is for it to grow, through both local distribution channels and by exporting. This in turn will create more jobs and help us to create a larger impact in Kampala on the waste that pollutes the city and also in the lives of those who work with us.
Being a social entrepreneur is most often not to follow the straight wide road. Can you tell us about any road less travelled that you’ve taken and how it turned out?
I took a job I knew very little about in Kampala in January of 2007. I was scared and worried it would not be what I had hoped for. However, instead it was an incredible opportunity, allowing me to be a creative problem solver, work with an inspiring team, and travel throughout Uganda and to neighboring countries. That job led to another job and to six years in Uganda, putting me on the path I am now. Although it was never my plan to live in Uganda at all, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
What impact do you aim to make? What impacts have you seen so far?
I want to help Ugandans to live full lives without the worry of where the next meal will come from. I want our employees to go beyond Good Glass if they choose and do whatever inspires them. Without a good support system, this is nearly impossible. I hope Good Glass can create that support system which allows people to continue their education or start their own business or pursue whatever their dream may be.
Why does this, the impact you are trying to make, matter to you?
Uganda has been a wonderful home to me for the past 6 years. I see the hope and potential in the people there and their ability to create a Uganda that isn’t dependant on handouts.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Tell us one thing about you that not too many people know about you. Any secret talents?
I love break dancing –watching and trying to do it although it is not at all a secret talent as I have a looooooooong way to go before I would showcase my skills.
Why are you participating in the SE Outreach Accelerator? What were/are your expectations? What are your needs? How has your experience been so far?
I’m participating in the SE Outreach Accelerator in order to improve my ability to direct Good Glass. I want be the best social entrepreneur I can be, and I still have a lot to learn. I am learning so much from the wonderful experts in the accelerator and am very grateful for the opportunity.
Any good tips you want to share with the outer world?
There is an African proverb I like to remember: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.