Vision Group Empowers Women

It is a hot Thursday afternoon as our car turns from Entebbe Road to Nakiwogo Close, just below State House, Entebbe. In a solitary building, not far from the Ministry of Works premises, women are engrossed in weaving, cutting, and rolling of paper. In the display room, an assortment of well-designed artifacts made from paper beads welcome us.

Welcome to Mama Kazi, a project that is building hope and transforming lives in Uganda’s army. Established two years ago, Mama Kazi has grown from a source of craft skills to an empowerment force turning around the lives of army wives.

Joan Kahunde, the project’s chief accountant, says the idea was conceived following the need to empower the army officers’ wives who were relying on their husbands as the family’s sole bread winner. The founders believed that if army wives were mobilized to work together, they could help solve the social and economic challenges they face. The first idea that came to mind was to start a recycled paper bead project with the help of Gateja Sanaa, a master at the craft


Mama Kazi Administrator Harriet Kantu (left) and Accountant Joan Kahunde recieve paper from Peter Taremwa, the Vision Group Head of Printing. Photo by Enock kakande

In recognition of this noble community service and in accordance to its strategy of advancing the society, Vision Group is partnering with Mama Kazi to provide paper that is needed to make the beads. The intervention is a gesture through which Vision Group gives back to the community and supports matters that improves the welfare of the common person.

Vision Group’s legal Manager, Rita Kabatunzi describes Mama Kazi project as ‘a great example of hard work in our community.’
“We see this not just as an opportunity to contribute to their income but also to cheer them on,” she says. Kabatunzi believes that highlighting the story of Mama Kazi will motivate other women to acquire skills and be self-reliant.

With its two wings made of paper beads and determination, Mama Kazi is set to soar, soar and soar.
Sanaa’s role was be to train women to produce quality paper beads that could be transformed into jewelry, handbags, hats, album covers and a host of other products. The training commenced on July 15, 2009 and by September 2009 154 women had trained a further 46 women to become quality bead makers. The number has since grown to over 200.

From a distance, this blue- roofed structure looks isolated. With the words ‘Mama Kazi’ (meaning working woman) inscribed on the front, it is beehive of activity in which handmade eco-friendly products like jewelry, accessories and décor are produced.

A chat with the women unlocks heart touching testimonies of how this two- year old project has turned their lives around. It is fun. It is fulfilling and empowering. While their husbands fight in the front line with bullets, the army wives are fighting a different battle back home. They are shooting poverty using beads as their bullets!

Using money earned from Mama Kazi, Judith Nabaasa, a mother of two, has a farm of 30 goats and is opening up a poultry farm.
‘I no longer wait for my husband’s salary. I am able to take care of the family expenses like food, households needs and even pay school fees for our children,’ says Nabaasa.

For Christine Wekesa who holds a diploma in Secretarial Studies, Mama Kazi is an answered prayer.
‘I was employed as a secretary for six months, but had nothing to show. After being in Mama Kazi for two years I have purchased a plot in Kawuku. I can take care of the family even when my husband is not around,’ she says.

Kahunde says the journey has not been all smooth for Mama Kazi. Glossy paper, which is their main raw material, has been a challenge to come by. The project sustains itself through the sale of their products. Securing market locally and abroad remains an uphill task.

HOW IT WORKS

The beads are made out of recycled paper which the women hand roll at home and deliver to the collection center. Here the beads are sorted and turned into eco-friendly artifacts by the army wives stationed at the center. The women are paid as soon as their beads are delivered and sorted for quality control. The ladies that turn the beads into the finished product are also paid per finished item.

MAMA KAZI products are to be sold locally and in foreign markets through agents. The profits made from MAMA KAZI products are re-invested into the association to cover administrative and training costs for other army wives.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 17th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) of New Vision Printing & Publishing Company Limited will be held at the head offi ce of the company, Plot 19/21 First Street Industrial
Area, Kampala on Thursday, November 22nd 2018 at 3:00pm to conduct the following business;

1. To receive, consider and if approved adopt the annual financial statements for the year ended 30th June
2018 together with the report of the Auditors.
2. To appoint directors.
In accordance with Articles 67 and 69 of the Company’s Articles of Association,
Mr. Michael Nyago be appointed a director.
In accordance with Articles 67 and 69 of the Company’s Articles of Association,
Ms. Susan Lubega be appointed a director.
3. To approve the fees payable to the Non-Executive Directors for the period until the next Annual General
Meeting.
4. To confirm the appointment of External Auditors for the financial year 2018/2019 and authorize the
Directors to negotiate and fix their remuneration in accordance with Sections 167-169 of the Companies
Act 2012.
5. To conduct any other business that may be required at the AGM for which notice will have been duly
received.

Dated this 22nd day of October, 2018
By Order of the Board

Rita Kabatunzi
COMPANY SECRETARY
Note:
• Articles 60, 61, 62 and 63 of the Company Articles provide for appointment of proxy if a shareholder is unable to
attend. (“Tear out proxy card” is included in the Annual Report).
• The proxy should be delivered to the Company Secretary at the Company Head Offi ce at Plot 19/21, 1st Street
industrial Area, P.O Box 9815 Kampala or faxed on +256 414 346 432 at least 24 hours before the scheduled time for
the meeting. In default of this, it shall be treated as invalid.
• Shareholders can obtain a detailed version of the audited financial statements from the Company’s registered office at Plot 19/21 First Street Industrial Area Kampala or access it on the website https://visiongroup.co.ug/shareholders/
• Shareholders must notify the Company Secretary in writing of any change in their addresses or bank account details.
• All shareholders who have not received past dividends should contact the Company Secretary by e-mail:
Eshareholders@newvision.co.ug or by phone: 0414 337000.
• Shareholders are required to open Securities Central Depository accounts. Please contact any registered Securities
Central Depository Agent for assistance. The Uganda Securities Exchange has directed all shareholders of listed
companies to immobilize their shares.
• All shareholders are advised to provide their email addresses and mobile phone numbers to the Company Share
Registrars (Deloitte Uganda Limited) for ease of communication.