Victoria Nangala, Wakiso district, Uganda
Carpenter and founder of Victoria Interiors, a furniture and interior business

“My mother is a tailor, and I learned the art from her. In 2020, I walked into a nearby workshop and told them, ‘I can sew and dress your sofas,’ and they took me in, and I became the best at my work. While there, I learned carpentry. I left the workshop in 2022 and started my own with only 1 million Ugandan shillings (about 258 United States dollars), and I kept growing the business. I wouldn’t eat the profits; I would put it back into the business. You can start with any money you have. Nobody will help you. You have to do it by yourself.”
Beatrice Lamwaka, GPJ Uganda