USSIA wins award for excellence in rural economic development

Trias partner organisation USSIA has been recognised by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda as an excellent business organisation that strengthens entrepreneurs.

On 14 September, as part of the 7th edition of the Private Sector Development Awards, USSIA was awarded the prize for Excellence in Rural Economic Development. This category recognises network-based initiatives with a focus on innovation and market-based strategies which result in the economic empowerment of rural communities.

Capacity development for better businesses
USSIA, a member-based organisation which supports small-scale entrepreneurs, has been a Trias Uganda partner since 2014. For the last two years, USSIA has been working closely with TUNADO, another Trias partner, to develop the Access to Markets handbook and workbook. This material is now being used to strengthen the capacities of Ugandan small-scale entrepreneurs, using an approach whereby entrepreneurs train other entrepreneurs.
Technical support from Trias and Syntra West, as well as funding from the province of West Flanders, has been crucial for the success of the project. 'We are happy to be recognised by the private sector for the good work done and we very much appreciate the capacity building received from Trias,' said Eunice Wekesa, national chairperson of USSIA. 
While Uganda is reported to have the highest rate of early-stage entrepreneurial activity in the world, it also has a very high business mortality rate. The hands-on capacity building provided by USSIA aims to address the high levels of business mortality and ensure entrepreneurs are better equipped to make a success of their initiatives.
Recognition all-round
TUNADO was also lauded by the Private Sector Foundation for its effective work in this area, being named runner-up in the same category among a large field of entries. 'Trias is very proud of both USSIA and TUNADO, and delighted to see our capacity building efforts bringing positive results for our partner organisations and their members', says Januario Ntungwa, country director of  Trias Uganda.