Grace Lwemamu is manager of the family business Mulya Maize in Uganda. Mary Kaddu runs her own supermarket business. But both felt their lack of management expertise was holding them back. “The people I work with – they didn’t ever recognize me as their manager,” says Grace, “I don’t know whether it was because I’m a woman or because I was young.” Mary adopted the parent-to-child approach, issuing orders to her workers from on high. Now they have taken part in a new national mentoring scheme, pairing experienced business women with would-be entrepreneurs in Uganda, equipping them with new confidence and negotiating skills.
Producer: Irene Zikusoka