1000 Shillings has supplemented Veronica’s passion and pre disposal for business. Through the business classes, she developed concrete skills to apply to her business, while the business grant gave her the ability to implement these strategies.
“I got more skills in that I am able to get more profits,” Veronica says. “I know how to run businesses and deal with customers.”
Her skills have paid off. Through her profits from farming, Veronica bought land on the main, bustling strip next to the Namatala market. She is slowly erecting a multi-room brick structure that will house not only her own home and business, but multiple tenants as well. Based on the price of land in Namatala, buying her own plot is an impressive feat, let alone in such a prime area for business.
“As I am succeeding in my businesses, I am getting some more pride,” Veronica says. “I feel good when I am succeeding.”
A PHOTOGRAPH OF A WORLD PAST
If anyone found the black and white photograph of three women in platform heels and short geometric dresses with permed hair tucked away in a photo album, they would never guess that the woman on the left is 18-year-old Veronica.
In the 1970s, Veronica traveled to Kenya at the request of her sister to become the maid and nanny for a woman named Moingi, who worked within Kenya’s presidential office. She planted herself in Nairobi and assumed a life at the upper echelon of Kenyan society.
After years of working for the family, Moingi invited Veronica to travel to America as their nanny while she furthered her education at an American university. She offered to provide a passport, but Veronica, at the height of her youth and torn between two worlds, opted to stay behind and return to Uganda to be with her mother.
“My heart wanted to come back to Uganda and stay with my mother.” Today, Veronica lives next door to her mother in Namatala.