AMI’s March Entrepreneur of the Month
11th March 2021
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, meet Lucy Mary Athieno. A participant in the AMI Survive to Thrive Programme and the Founder of Eco-Pads Uganda. A firm that manufactures reusable sanitary pads and has produced over 3million pads supporting over 2 million girls in Uganda. Lucy is also a champion of menstrual health, having trained over 10,000 young people including male teachers on menstrual health.
Listen to how Lucy has been able to find opportunities and grow her business while creating an impact.
Customer service is the manager’s responsibility
I heard of a rural hospital that closed its doors to visitors on Freedom Day. A public holiday affords workers a rare opportunity to visit their loved ones during the week. In this case a man travelled overnight to see his father, only to be turned away: “It’s a public holiday; we’re closed.”
Viva the little people who create jobs and serve their communities
Dunvegan, a suburb east of Johannesburg, is bisected by a road with two large traffic circles. The circles feature attractive, well-designed and lovingly maintained gardens. That is both welcome and surprising, as the local government is not particularly known for its public gardens.
Turning chronic problems into acute challenges we can solve
Two years ago I wrote in this column that the entrepreneurial priority then was to save as many livelihoods as we could. “Many small businesses and gig workers face ruin in the coming weeks, with economic damage rivalling health threats; so our response should be as urgent as for the health threat.”