Rukungiri Institute for Social Enterprise

At Venture Uganda, alongside our business goals we aim to promote development through social enterprise.

We want to provide opportunities for young people to improve their lives and communities by creating their own profit making businesses, run in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

We are therefore working with colleagues in Uganda to establish the Rukungiri Institute for Social Enterprise (RISE) to support budding entrepreneurs in Rukungiri district, south western Uganda.

Donations from Venture Uganda will help to establish and sustain RISE until it becomes self-financing.

As we raise funds to buy land and start RISE, we continue to support a local primary school in Rukungiri, Kasoroza, with scholastic and building materials (building free staff housing at schools helps to reduce teacher absenteeism and lateness due to transport problems and involvement in other income-generating activities to supplement low teachers’ salaries).

Venture directors talk to Kasoroza kids

Director, Lesley, hands donation to Headteacher

Arch Deacon & PTA Head inspect work on staff houses

One complete staff house and bricks ready to start another

View the letter of appreciation from Kasoroza

 

How you can help us to build RISE

Simply by coming on holiday with us you are helping because it is donations from our company profits that are helping to start RISE. However, if you would like to do more to help there are some suggestions below or feel free to contact us if you have other ideas.

Fundraising

We welcome fundraising initiatives to support our work and these can be a great way to bring people together and have fun. There are lots of great fundraising ideas and advice online these days so for some inspiration why not have a look at:

Individual donations

We are always pleased to receive donations in cash or in kind. Many Venture Uganda guests give donations or bring them on their visit.

Unfortunately, we are not able to ship items donated in the UK as the costs of shipping and customs clearance often exceed the costs of buying new goods in-country. Donating money to buy goods in-country also supports the local economy.

Useful items (second-hand or new) include:

  • Cash
  • Books for the RISE library/resource centre (novels, primary and secondary school texts, business and related texts)
  • Laptop computers and peripherals,
  • Mobile phones
  • Digital cameras
  • Sports equipment, especially hardwearing balls (football, netball, basketball, rugby), football kits/strips
  • Tools – small building/decorating/sewing/gardening tools e.g. screwdrivers, paint brushes, scissors etc.
  • Office stationery for business incubator – markers, flip charts, desk trays, staplers, notepads etc

Remember that some of these items will need to be carried in your hold baggage not your cabin baggage because of airport security measures.

If you would like to discuss a donation please contact us.

Corporate partnerships

We believe we have a lot both to share and to gain through corporate partnerships. We offer the chance to contribute to a successful, self-help initiative for people in a developing country who are trying to improve their lives. As well as offering financial assistance, your company could provide us with expert advice through consultancy services or mentoring schemes, either in person or online. Alternatively, you may be able to offer material support by contributing anything from construction materials to vehicles and f