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    Helping three restaurant owners get their businesses booming

    Day 328

    Dishing Up Good Business

    The community of Rubondo is pretty far off from the center of Nakivale Refugee Settlement. It can take over an hour by car to get there along roads that are rough on cars and motorcycles.

    That’s why in a lot of ways, they have to be pretty independent. They have their own clinics, schools, even a separate ARC office. And, they have their own restaurants.

    Three women run those restaurants, serving up traditional Ugandan fare like matoke, chapati, rice, potatoes, kasava, beans, peas, and ground nuts. They can serve up to 200 people a day! But they weren’t equipped to supply such a heavy rotation of restaurant goers…sometimes people have to sit in the grass.

    In an ideal world, these mamas would love to accommodate more guests – more guests means more supplies, better business, and stronger ways to support their families.

    This was a change within reach.

    With the help of our team, we got these business owners new chairs, tables, water jugs, towels, pots, pans, place mats, silverware, even matching uniforms…all the things that make a successful restaurant go round.

    The ladies were so happy! They started teaching chapati-making lessons and laughing along with the team.

    It’s tough to have a booming restaurant if not everyone can have a place to sit. With this small adjustment, these businesses can grow to meet their demand.

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