Jofrey, Basu Bandu Rural Development
Jofrey trained at Basu Bandu Rural Development Association in sheet metal fabrication and welding. Jofrey is an orphan and was identified as a vulnerable young person and helped with training in 2016. He completed one year’s training but went back for a further year to gain more work experience.
He was motivated to study sheet metal fabrication and welding because he had seen several people in his village making a good living in this field.
COVID interrupted his ambitions to establish his own business but in 2020 the association opened a branch in the small town of Bwera 40 kilometres from Kasese. They asked him to become a trainer in Bwera and establish a metal fabrication and welding training point and workshop. He is currently training five students and fabricating beds, window frames, door and sewing machine treadles.
Interestingly Jofrey saw a fabricated treadle purchased by the association brought from Kampala. He thought he could do much better and built one for the association which indeed was made to a much higher standard. He has since constructed two more for the association and several for private people.
All items produced by the training workshop are sold and the proceeds contribute to Jofrey’s salary, the workshop’s running costs and for small allowances for the trainees.
Jofrey would ultimately like to open his own workshop but he is thoroughly enjoying his current role.