When college is out of reach, this academy trains Ugandans to be entrepreneurs
By Maea Lenei Buhre
Joan Nalubega always had her eyes set on earning a university degree.
She grew up in a poor family and was sent to an orphanage, the Kankobe children’s home in central Uganda’s Mpigi District, at the age of 5 because her mother was unable to take care of both her and her sister. But even at the children’s home, where she lived for five years, Nalubega said she found ways to solve problems and teach herself about the world.
She studied hard and eventually earned high enough grades to get into Makerere University, Uganda’s top college, where she decided to focus on chemistry, her favorite subject.
“I was excited to go to university, I saw myself learning a lot of things, being able to invent things,” Nalubega said.
But her dream of graduating college soon hit a major roadblock.
Photo courtesy of David Weekly.