Sawa World Sparks Videos

Sawa Spark videos show inspiring individuals that live in extreme poverty who are helping their communities. They are up and coming Sawa Leaders. The videos are made by Sawa Youth Reporters.

Byansi Deziderlo

As a young boy Byansi loved business and sold cassava and jackfruit wherever he could. By secondary school, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to help others in his community by founding Dezi Smart Enterprises, an organization that produces and sells everything from paper bags and soap to briquettes and wax candles. Dezi Smart has trained over 2,000 youth in how to produce and sell these items, giving them a means of income generation in order to lift themselves out of poverty. Byansi has always known that “even the poor can be rich” if given the right tools, and by starting slowly, one replication at a time, his organization is proving this and changing thousands of lives along the way.

James Tenywa

As a radio news anchor, James has a talent for bringing people together and sharing their stories. This passion inspired him to found Springs of Good Will Community Development Group, an organization that aims to unite the community by developing and sharing sustainable solutions to poverty. The group has grown to become a powerful skills training hub where participants can learn everything from making sandals to farming to crafting paper beads. Springs of Good Will is made up of 60 members, whose skills training sessions have impacted over 400 people so far.

Prosy Ssebunya

After studying industrial ceramics at school and working for an organization that builds stoves, Prosy Ssebunya decided to use her expertise to benefit her community and the environment. As Founder and Executive Director of Promoters of Efficient Technology for Sustainable Development (PETSD), Prosy trains people to build efficient clay stoves. Not only does this generate income for the individuals through sales, it also decreases their firewood or coal consumption, thereby decreasing their basic cost of living and helping conserve the environment. PETSD has trained over 5,000 people in Uganda with simple energy-saving skills and technologies, many of whom have been able to put their children through school or start their own businesses as a result of this training.

Eujenio Mujuni

Growing up in Kawempe, a Kampala slum, Eujenio Munjuni decided early on that rather than waiting for an office job to find him, he was going to create his own projects to alleviate poverty. He began by making candles and soon enough his candle business, Hanny Enterprises, became very successful. The company grew large enough for him to employ nine other youth and to teach over fifty youth and women from surrounding villages how to make candles. Like Eujenio, these youth and women have been able to support their families and pay their rent through the income they make from selling candles, and many have even been able to establish their own candle companies.

Rosette Komuhangi

When she was just 11-years-old, Rosette Komuhangi was inspired by her science lessons at the URDT Girl’s School to try to make herbal soap from local plants. As it turns out, the soap she made cured many of the skin issues that her neighbors in Rubazi Village had been dealing with. Following this discovery, she founded an organization called Develop Empowered Members in Our Community in order to teach others how to make and sell the soap. Rosette’s passion for helping others has led her to teach more than twenty people how to make soap, providing them an income source and valuable business experience that is helping to alleviate poverty in the community.

Harriet Walude

When a nearly fatal car accident took Harriet Walude's left leg she worried that she would be unable to work and generate an income. Despite her accident, however, Harriet's positive outlook and entrepreneurial skills have helped her empower and mobilize her community. In 2010, Harriet and a collective of 10 women founded House of Hope. Through the simple and practical skill of paper bead making, Harriet and the others are teaching and mentoring young pregnant girls in particular within their community who need emotional support and a way to make an economic contribution to their households. As Harriet will explain, the motive behind the organization stems from the fact that the women of House of Hope are mothers and would like to be mothers for the nation. For the small cost of supplies, Harriet and the women of House of Hope are providing skills, empowerment and a method of income to vulnerable youth and young mothers.

Angella Mategyero

Country - Uganda

Meet Angella Mategyero, Director of KEBS Traders Limited. Angella, through her own tenacity and passion, has made a living and created opportunities for those in her community. KEBS is a mushroom growing enterprise that began to help supplement Angella’s income, but as she will tell you, “We want to help the community people come up.” Having given over 500 people the skills needed to begin their own mushroom growing businesses, KEBS and Angella continue to promote nutrition and employment in their local community in Uganda. While aiming to empower women and youth, KEBS has trained approximately 90 women in the business and continues to impact and promote entrepreneurship, growth and sustainability.

Harriet Nakabaale

Country - Uganda

Harriet Nakabaale, a single mother, always knew that given the chance and space, that she would grow vegetables as her mom had done before her. Little did she know that her entrepreneurial gardening endeavor would also help support her children’s education and health. That is just what she has done through Camp Green. Camp Green, where Harriet is the Executive Director, has transformed from a landscape of stone and rubbish to a flourishing garden and farm. By reusing household rubbish, Harriet has produced an urban garden and farm that helps to empower those living with low incomes and limited space within Uganda. She has shared her message and skills with over 100,000 people in her community.

Eddie Mukiibi

Country - Uganda

Although Eddie was abused working in farms as a child, he took a stand and established Project DISC (Developing Innovations in Schools and Community Cultivation). This project seeks to reform the negative stereotypes that youth associate with small-scale farming, such as it being a form of punishment and a degrading form of work. Eddie's model provides young people in primary and secondary schools with simple agriculture skills to help them grow food, earn a living and prepare for the future. Today 63 schools which include over 1,200 school children across Uganda have implemented Eddie's successful model.

Stephen Arinitwe

Country - Uganda

Stephen, a youth and entrepreneur at heart from Kyebando, a Kampala slum, runs a company called Aristeph Entrepreneurs Center East Africa. He trains youth from slums and secondary schools how to make soap, vaseline paper bags, envelops, eco-friendly charcoal briquettes and how to grow mushrooms. His project employs 20 youth and has trained over 5,000 people. With the newly acquired skills, youth are able to pay their school fees, take care of their families and establish their own companies.

Bosco Seggawa

Country - Uganda

Bosco was once a street child himself. Inspired by a women who took him in during the holidays as a child, he later founded M – Lisada, a children’s home which provides street children with shelter, life skills and music and drama training. The project has reclaimed over 400 children from the streets and houses 93 children from the ages of 3-17. The project sustains itself through profits made from dance and music performances which are put on by the children for corporate clients.

Margaret Ndekera

Country - Uganda

Margaret is one of Uganda’s leading entrepreneurial women, having impacted over 1 million people with her innovations. She began with the creation of the now internationally renowned paper bead. She is the CEO of API PRODEX Center, a company that makes bee hives and provides the hives, equipment and training to poor local bee keepers on a lease basis who offer a return back through honey after harvesting. They are also produce medicinal products from the honey and developed a mushroom growing project using the bi-products from bee-hive production. In the off season, Margaret makes sandals from recycled car tires and leather jackets which are in very high demand.

Geoffrey Kyeyune

Country - Uganda

Since 1992, Geoffrey has run a successful vocational school, the Rubaga Youth Development Association, which has trained over 20,000 street kids and other vulnerable youth in hair braiding, car washing, metal work, electrical trades, tailoring, and more. Most of these youth are now self-reliant and employed. He has also established the Village Saving Association, an organization with the objective to help teach adults about financial savings and other entrepreneurial initiatives.

Ben Byekwaso

Country - Uganda

Ben is the founder of a gym and fitness magazine in Kampala. Ben witnessed the devastating toll that HIV/AIDS had on children in his community. These experiences drove him to establish Rescue Ministries, a project that relies on innovative income projects from his businesses to provide orphaned children in the Rakai district with school materials. Ben has provided scholastic materials to 160 children and has future plans to launch a school sponsorship program.

Charles Musisi

Country - Uganda

Charles' efforts focus on supporting orphans and families by relying on the strength and capacity of community members themselves. His cow-milk project provides families willing to take in an orphan with a cow and the training to care and earn a steady income from the surplus milk. In turn, families can support the orphan, their families, and participate in a microfinance project that Charles established through his profits from building a yogurt factory.

Max Migisha

Country - Uganda

Max founded the Little Angels Babies Home to provide a loving and caring home to now 18 children who were abandoned as newborn babies at the Mulago Hospital in Uganda. Max personally raises the children without receiving any financial assistance besides minimal community support. Max’s passion comes from his deep love for children and his desire to tackle what he says is a serious national issue.

Abudalah Ssejjemba

Country - Uganda

Abudalah runs an innovative business collecting old fishing nets from neighbouring countries and turning them into reusable products such as sponges, string for weaving, ropes, and doormats. Abudalah employs over 100 workers who are now able to provide their families with basic needs, including women who are able to work from home while taking care of their families.

Mwebe Isaac

Country - Uganda

Mwebe is a music producer who provides free production services to talented children in Ugandan slums. He provides them with this opportunity to inspire them to dream big and have a better future. His focus on recording positive and upbeat songs also helps uplift the community.

Miriam Kyomugisha

Country - Uganda

Miriam lives in rural Uganda and hand makes eco-stoves which she sells to surrounding communities. This project provides Miriam with the ability to make an income and send her children to school. It is beneficial to many communities in Uganda as it provides a safe and more effective way to cook, while reducing the environmental impact associated with burning charcoal and firewood.