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Lenard Aganyira was a peasant farmer living in kiryetete village in Hoima district surviving on the little income he got from selling his crops after harvesting. He got to know about an opportunity to get skills training over a radio announcement.
He went to St. Simon’s vocational institute where he got enrolled and did a training in welding and metal fabrications supported by Enabel. Aganyira was retained soon after doing his industrial training at Bwendero Dairy Farm.
He is currently working as a welder and head of production at Bwendero Dairy Farm in Hoima town, the second position came after showing competence, commitment and discipline as reported by his supervisor Kaisaja Henry. “He is a good performer and very punctual hence the promotion and pay raise,” said his supervisor. “Learning how to make a good weld was my best experience during the training,”he said.
Aganyira can now weld metals into windows, doors and machinery that is used at the farm for production. He has been employed at the farm for one year now and he earns 10,000 shs. Per day.
Using his savings, he is investing in piggery, started up a sports shop where he sells sports items like balls, shoes, sports attires among others and ably hires casual workers to cultivate his garden in his village home since getting a job and moving to live in Hoima town.
“I am also saving some money to buy welding machines which I can use to start up my own workshop and be self-employed in future,” said Aganyira. He notes that the training helped him regain his self-confidence and self-esteem after being unskilled and unemployed for a couple of years. ”I was not comfortable with myself when I was depending on my parents for every need but now iam earning and iam happy,” he said