Entrepreneurs in Handcrafts
Nellie Ssali, managing director of Makika Stylz, is an exceptional entrepreneur. As vice chairwoman of the Garment and Textile Cluster in Kampala, Uganda, and a valued member of the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association, Nellie seizes all opportunities to improve her business. She gained valuable insight into operating a professional business during the February 2010 Vital Voices Entrepreneurs in Handcrafts Development Program in Kampala, where she also found a mentor in Mabel Kiggundu, member of the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association, a Vital Voices Africa Businesswomen’s Network Hub. Applying her newfound business skills, Nellie has since reorganized her workshop and started recording her entire inventory. Makika Stylz finances and product development have also been overhauled. In the future, Nellie plans to teach women how to earn and save money, passing on strategies she learned from the mentors who guided her.