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Loans Officer Resigns Job, Earns from Craft Shoes

In March 2020 the government closed schools over COVID 19 pandemic sending both teachers and students back home. Oliver Nanono, then working for Bayport Financial Services, was also hit hard because her major clientele comprising of teachers couldn't apply for loans due to the closure of schools. Just a month into the lockdown, Nanono resolved to resign her job at the Luwero branch and ventured into learning how to make craft shoes.
Oliver Nanono making sandals at her home located in Kavule zone in Luwero town

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A former loans officer in Luwero is making a fortune making and selling craft shoes after she resigned her banking job during the lockdown.

In March 2020 the government closed schools over COVID 19 pandemic sending both teachers and students back home. Oliver Nanono, then working for Bayport Financial Services, was also hit hard because her major clientele comprising of teachers couldn't apply for loans due to the closure of schools.

Just a month into the lockdown, Nanono resolved to resign her job at the Luwero branch and ventured into learning how to make craft shoes. She sought training from a friend and within two weeks she had started to manually make African sandals at her home located in Kavule village in Luwero Town Council.

The 28-year-old explains that she started with a capital of only 30,000 shillings which was used to buy materials to start making the sandals.

Nanono has since acquired a sewing machine and produces 30 pieces of African sandals per week which she sells at between 8,000 and 20,000 shillings depending on size. The sandals are sold in Luwero and Nakasongola districts.

She now earns up to 500,000 shillings per week which she says is higher than what she used to get while still working as a loans officer before COVID 19 lockdown.

Nanono notes that she is now overwhelmed with demand and intends to open up a shop in Luwero town to expand her business.

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Nanono has since trained two other people in the same business who also intend to open up shops elsewhere.

Samuel Kasirye Lubega, a supervisor at Mack Oil petrol station in Luwero Town has also resigned his job so as to open up his own shoe-making business after being trained by Nanono.

Kasirye says that he experienced a 25% salary cut over the decline in fuel sales during the lockdown making it difficult for him to sustain himself and his family.

Nathan Muwanga, a director of David Taylor Primary School, has also learnt to make shoes and says there is a ready market for their products. Muwanga says that he has also learnt never to depend on one job and intends to open up a shop even if schools reopen in January next year.

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Several people are still struggling to get back to their feet after losing jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic whereas others have found fortunes in opening up other income-generating activities.

In 2020, the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija, told Parliament that over 780,000 people were likely to be pushed into poverty over COVID-19 lockdown.

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