F H N currently interns for Grow Movement as a case study writer, a charity that aims to economically empower entrepreneurs in African countries in order for their business’ to grow and for the growth to provide a movement – helping community by creating jobs. Grow Movement teams up volunteer proffessional consultants to help the entrepreneurs in sharing their knowledge of start-ups and businesses to the entrepreneurs. FHN had the pleasure of communicating with Twesiime Orator who currently is the founder of Natural Basket Uganda Ltd and her consultant Karin Stumpf. The personal relationship that these two ladies have is inspiring and knowing how sharing knowledge and information has allowed the growth of Natural Basket Uganda. It was a pleasure getting to know these ladies.Quoting Mallence Bart-Williams “it is not about charity but about sharity”.
Below is an excerpt of the CEO of Natural Uganda and her consultant Karin Stumpf.
Natural Uganda Ltd
Orator Njunwoha Twesiime
Orator is an Agriprenuer (agricultural entrepreneur) and an advocate for all that is organic. Orator is the founder and CEO of Natural Uganda Ltd. Orator saw the need of being economically empowered to in turn improve livelihoods in rural communities starting with her family and therefore started her business in 2010. Natural Uganda Ltd adds value to rural smallholder organic farmers produce such as hibiscus flowers, bees’ raw products with products such as hibiscus tea, morie honey and cinnamon. These products are then supplied to mainly supermarkets with also prospects to export. A mother of four, Orator plays an important role in her community acting as a board member of the Women Investment Club, Audit Committee of Uganda Women Entrepreneur’s Association, International Women Organisation and many other roles.
Karin Stumpf, 49Karin is a consultant by “profession and passion” from Germany. Karin spent four years in Cameroon when she was a year old and since then has “always felt connected to the continent” and visits Africa frequently. Karin discovered Grow from a TED talk online by Chris and was keen on the principles and effectiveness of Grow. Karin has three masters from several international institutions: MBA from the California State University of Hayward, masters in Organisational Psychology from the University of Hagen and a masters in Natural Sciences from the Swiss Institute of Technology. Also, Karin has a PhD in Microeconomics from the University of Zurich.
Business challenges and objectives of the project
Orator is a woman filled with brilliant ideas and she was already a “very skilled entrepreneur on top of her bookkeeping” when being introduced to Karin. The main challenge for Karin was to help her to focus her energy on the topics where Orator would achieve the most. Another challenge was in organizing funding for Orator to grow her honey business and to reduce her costs. For Orator, the main challenge was acquiring information of the where and how in Uganda relating to her business, branding, packaging and finding reliable suppliers. Karin helped Orator to focus, understand and to have a global view of her business through a business plan.
With Karin’s help Orator was able to improve her production, profit and create jobs. Natural Uganda Ltd was Profits increased by 60% and 6 jobs were created initially. A priority list came in handy said Orator on the advise of Karin, the list helped Orator to tackle any challenge coming her way. Orator managed to use social resources and capital around her as well as using her membership in the various organisations she is involved with.
Impact on Orator:
“Dr Karin opened my eyes and dreams beyond the horizons with renewed confidence to make it big. This I cannot pay back but to pay it forward to thousands of very poor rural organic farmers that I MUST impact positively before I die. The legacy is to you Dr. Karin. Thank you and God bless you.”
Impact on Karin:
“It was really rewarding working with Orator: she is full of energy. Always on top of things, she would work on her homework even when she was pregnant. She is a role model and working with role models is a blessing.”
By F H N