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Muhindo Rueben is a 24 year old young man who has a bright face and a calm aura, his face breaks into a wide smile as we shake hands and exchange pleasantries. He then leads us to Kambale metal workshop where he is currently employed.
Muhindo is from kikonzo village in Kasese district the second born of eight children, he dropped out of school in 2012 after his father could not raise money for his school fees in senior two. He later got involved in laying bricks for a living until he heard about the skills training which his father encouraged to go and join.
He went to Kasese youth polytechnic where he applied and got enrolled for a course in welding and metal fabrication. ”I enjoyed the training and my best experience was learning how to make and weld a metallic door,” reveals Muhindo.
He later did his industrial training at Kilembe Quarter workshop for three months before getting a job at Kambale workshop. He can ably make doors, windows, home gates, and weld any other metals into usable material. Muhindo earns about 5000 per job he gets done, he has also spent six months at the workshop as an employee.
He plans to open a workshop with the help of his dad as he is saving to have enough capital which his father promised to top up when he is ready to start working on his own. “The training has helped me have a business mindset whereby I am now thinking of how best I can invest my savings,” says Muhindo.