Beatrice – A Success Story

My name is Beatrice Kayimbi. I started my business on 13 January, 2010. I was selling shoes. I could not organise my work; I did not know how to control expenses and would spent all of my capital. I was unable to evaluate the performance of the business. Due to this, I fell into bankruptcy several times. I did not know what to do. A member of my family informed me about ACN, a community development centre that fights against the poverty of its members. This caught my attention and impressed my imagination.

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On 13 December, 2011, I joined the AusCongo Network. I joined the centre as a member of the group for small business owners. When I first went to the ACN centre they asked me what my business activity and classified me into the small business group based on my response. ACN therefore does not impose the activity on anyone but they support you to succeed and follow up with your progress.Today, more than ever, my work is organised: I do not spend the capital and ensure I am always turning a profit. Before I had a single activity, today I have three. Through ACN I learnt to diversify my business activities. I now also sell eggs and other items. I have developed the skills to be able to evaluate the performance of my work and how to sustain my business.

I am so excited; I have no words to express my joy. I thank ACN for helping me to so that I can take control of my life; my heart is drunk with joy at this time. I lack the words to thank the team of the ACN for helping me take care of myself. Now I understand the proverb “give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime”.

 

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