By Uganda Vanguard
KAMPALA – Airtel Uganda has ended its testimonial digital series, ‘my hustle, a promotion where the telecommunications network gave out lillions of shilling and othe prizes to the most internet-driven, innovative and impactful business. The winners were after public voting endorsed by a panel of judges.
In press statement issued Wednesday April 24, 2019, the three winners walked away with Shs5 million each while all the 29 others received certificates of recognition from Airtel Uganda, a router and assorted branded items.
Launched in September 2018, ‘my hustle’ is an online-based series featuring different budding entrepreneurs running small and medium enterprises powered by the internet and Mobile Money. Since its inception, the series has given 29 personalities and small businesses, such as a dog trainer, a visual artist, a lawyer earning from a food business, a FinTech company, e-commerce shops for car spare parts and building material, a customized wigs entrepreneur, a scented candles maker and many others, an opportunity to share their stories and market their products in under 2 minutes.
Mr. V.G. Somasekhar, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director applauded the 29 entrepreneurs for their remarkable work in the areas of job creation and utilization of technology to improve their lives.
“World over, technology has been recognized as a major catalyst for development of individuals, communities and businesses. Airtel Uganda is proud to be pioneering a similar cause in Uganda through this very popular series that identifies, recognizes and shines a light on internet and mobile wallet driven small and medium enterprises,” he noted.
“Upon the completion of reliable and affordable countrywide internet connectivity, the next major step is assisting and empowering people to reap its benefits across all sectors regardless of the socio-economic divide.”
Mr Gideon Badagawa – Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation Uganda hailed Airtel for this innovation.
“Every year thousands of youth graduate from University, excited to join the work force. Unfortunately, most of them spend the first few years unemployed. With innovations such as Airtel’s ‘my hustle’, entrepreneurs get the right platform market and showcase their business to the market,” he said.
“To this and many more other initiatives, we are proud to associate with Airtel Uganda as development partners towards realizing the Uganda Vision 2040.”
About Airtel Africa Limited:
Airtel Africa Limited is a Pan-African telecommunications company with operations in 14 countries across Africa. Airtel Africa is driven by the vision of providing affordable and innovative mobile services to all and is supported in pursuing this vision by its largest shareholder, Bharti Airtel. Its product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless voice and data services and mobile commerce through ‘Airtel Money’. Airtel Africa had over 97 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2018.