Description of his business
Orca-Pod Holdings Limited fabricate machinery that are used in manufacturing quality construction materials that are very affordable to the local middle-class Ugandan to aid in improving the quality of their housing. Their products are so affordable to the local person since they are locally produced right from machinery since they are tax free. They produce products such as Clay Bricks, Maxpans, Pompe, Clay Ventilators, Partition blocks and facing bricks.
How long have you been running your business
Over 36 months
What led him to be an entrepreneur
He grew up in a rural village in Uganda and like all villages in Africa, he met the worst of life as a child. He became self- sponsored at a tender age (12) and had to take himself through school all through.
He had to device all means of getting money to support himself and his siblings. So, out of dire need, he formed a youth investment club where they offered time and labour to make hand -made clay bricks to sell. Over time the business generated revenue and they were able to afford school.
After his university, he did not bother to look for jobs but used his skills as a mechanical engineer to start his small scale fabrication of equipment that would make their bricks production quicker and of a higher quality since now they have gotten the exposure to what quality differences exist out there. So, they progressed with improving their products day by day and introduced new product categories along the way.
Before the intervention: He had twenty workers.
After the intervention: He now has 45 workers.
Before the intervention: He was making 145,000,000 Ugandan shillings per annum
After the intervention: He now generates 201,000,000 Ugandan shillings per annum
Milestone achieved after the intervention
They were able to construct a baking kiln at our factory which is eco- friendly, more fuel efficient, effective and produces a better result than our old manual ways. With this, we have added another district of supply to our profile since the quantity we can produce is much higher.