Training opportunity for young women and girls in entrepreneurship skills: Smart Girl Team Leader, Jamila Mayanja, tells us more.

Training opportunity for young women and girls in entrepreneurship skills: Smart Girl Team Leader, Jamila Mayanja, tells us more.


Charity M Namala: Good Morning Jamila, happy to speak to you today. Could you please tell us about yourself and what you do? 

Jamila Mayanja: Thank you. My name is Jamila Mayanja, a social entrepreneur. I am the founder and team leader of Smart Girls Foundation Uganda, a social enterprise that empowers girls and women to lead a healthy and economically sustainable lifestyle. We support the girls to develop and positively give back to their communities. Under our tools program we train young women and girls in carpentry, welding, mechanics, electrical installation, and house painting. We provide mentorship to startups, office space, matchmaking, and market access. Our STEM program offers carrier guidance to girls in school to study well. We also allow a few young boys and men to benefit from our initiatives.


Charity M Namala: Could you please tell us how the young women you work with fared during the pandemic – and some testimonies on how they have been able to survive and thrive? 

Jamila Mayanja: The pandemic affected many young women, especially the startup up businesses that used up their capital during the lockdown.

We witnessed some businesses closing during this period, but also other innovative businesses were able to survive. We kept in touch with many businesses that we guided to rethink their business models to overcome the pandemic challenges. For example, the ladies in our tailoring class started making cloth face masks when the pandemic hit; this enabled them to survive and also get support from outside their business. These ladies expanded their business and were able to get contracts to do face masks for the US Embassy, National Water, and other clients, thus boosting their incomes. Another business that survived was one that bakes cookies, which started delivering cookies to homes that wanted snacks from outside of their home. We also have a   business that does gift sprays which adjusted their model to do small surprise gift hampers/packages delivered to families during the lockdown for emotional healing. We advised most businesses to use social media for advertising, marketing, and taking orders. For the businesses that closed, we also kept in touch with them, advising on other available options to pick up and start again.


Charity M Namala: Thank you so much, Jamila. How do you recruit the young girls, and what is the duration of the training programs?

Jamila Mayanja: We recruit young girls from schools and those out-of-school in the communities.

For the schools, we inform the school administration about our programs, and they give us access to the students. We reach out to the out-of-school girls through partnerships with the community leaders. In the schools, we teach the girls how to make reusable pads, recycle plastic, make bags, and give them these bags with some educational material. The girls in candidate classes also get solar recycle bags to enable them to read (at night) for the final exams (given the electricity challenges in some areas in the country). These programs give motivation and a reminder to the girls that education is essential.

The training we conduct is under our Girls for tools program, where girls learn skillsets for three months. We recruit 150 girls who learn the different courses such as, tailoring, mechanics, electrical installation, including business and computer skills. After the three months of training, we follow up with the participants for a year and support them to look for startup capital and startup tools. If they successfully set up and employ other young people, we [graduate them from the program to continue independently]. However, if they still want our services to guide them on how to grow their businesses [further], that’s when they join our Business girl magic program at a small cost. The Business girl magic program is the corporate part of the Girls for tools program for young ladies who are already making some revenue in their businesses.


Charity M Namala: As a social entrepreneur, how have you fared during the pandemic, and what lessons can you share with us?

Jamila Mayanja: As an entrepreneur going through the pandemic has not been easy.

But because of my passion and innovation, I devised ways to survive during this period. I started to aggressively sell our products to enable us to invest the sales income in the business. We embarked on fundraising and got funds that helped in running some of the business activities. For the girls, who we trained that managed to make and sell masks, bags, and other items, they gave a percentage of their profit back to our work. We also came up with means of skilling the girls at a low cost to minimize our expenses without compromising quality.


Charity M Namala: What can be done to increase the participation of young people in entrepreneurship? 

Jamila Mayanja: To increase participation of young people in entrepreneurship starts with our education system.

The pandemic has shown that our education system should change to be more practical and hands-on. The government should emphasize vocational training not to be looked at as a last resort when students fail at school. Many young girls in high school who come to the center to train don’t want to go back to school after experiencing our hands-on skills training. But we still advise them to go back to school because they need [high school education] too. We need to create more spaces where young people can be innovative, think, and blossom their creativity. In addition provision of friendly financial facilities that can help [young people’s] enterprises thrive in such dire situations.

Lastly, I cannot end without talking about the internet; it is critical for business growth today. During the recent internet shutdown, many young people struggled to get orders and make sales in their businesses, and we need not take this for granted. My final words to young entrepreneurs, especially the [young] women in business, is never give up, innovate, stay unique and be different at what you do.

Webinar: Entrepreneurial competencies

Abantu Impact Foundation webinar: entrepreneurial competencies - making African businesses survive and thrive in a pandemic

Abantu Impact Foundation webinar: entrepreneurial competencies – making African businesses survive and thrive in a pandemic


Compliments of the new year from Abantu Impact Foundation. They are thrilled to invite you to this webinar organised by Abantu Impact Foundation.

Date: 18th of February 2021.


Time: 5 pm (UK time), 6 pm (West African time) and 8 pm (East African and Southern Africa time).


We are particularly pleased to be bringing you a strong line-up of globally esteemed leaders as our guest speakers:


1.        Dr. Justina Mutale, Founder & President, Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership and African Woman of the Year (2012), and:

2.        Ms. Gugu Ndebele, Executive Director, Executive Director of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG).

 At the last webinar hosted by Abantu Impact Foundation, they addressed ways in which African SMEs can survive the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown in many countries across the region. There was a recurring interest in addressing the vital competencies that African entrepreneurs need to run successful businesses.  

This webinar is designed to provide a space for discussion, sharing of ideas and sign-posting entrepreneurs on where to start building up their competencies to grow and run thriving businesses. The discussion will be considering the continued impact of COVID-19 on African SMEs. 

The foundation will also use this opportunity to introduce The Abantu COVID-19 Resilience Fund that aims to provide blended financing and support to bolster African SMEs at risk of closing due to the impact of measures taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

With limited places available for this conversation, we invite you to RSVP by 1st February 2021. We look forward to receiving your registration before the cut-off date and to warmly welcome you to another global conversation with a focus on African SMEs.


Apply Now to the Stanbic Business Incubator Enterprise Development Program!

The Stanbic Business Incubator invites applications from Uganda’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in an enterprise development training aimed at enhancing local SME’s capacities and promoting business resilience and sustainability.


Why your business should enroll

The Stanbic Business Incubator provides an enabling environment for entrepreneurs in small and medium enterprises through the following programmes:

  • Business Development Services and Business support
  • Training and follow-up support interventions
  • Networking events, focus group discussions and access to subject matter experts
  • Mentoring and coaching for entrepreneurs after formal training
  • Provide opportunities for access to markets and access to financeThe next stage of development and support is targeting SMEs in various sectors from Central, Eastern, Western and Northern Uganda to participate in the August 2020 intake.

How to Apply:

Interested SMEs in Uganda (Central, Eastern, Western & Northern regions) that would like to be a part of the program can apply through For more information, please call 0312 226 700

How to Assess Your Business Risk (Risk Assessment Tool)

Assessing Your Business Risk

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has developed a Self-Assessment Tool that is designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during the COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 Business Info Hub has adapted the tool for use in Uganda.

The goal of the tool is to help SMEs like you to assess the level of risk and vulnerability of your business by looking at four key aspects of your business called the “4Ps” by the ILO:


How are your workers and their families affected by COVID-19?


How are the everyday operations of your business affected?


To what extent is your income and revenue affected?


How is the environment around your business affected by COVID?

 (WEBINAR) Re-opening in a Post COVID-19 Environment: Practical Solutions for SMEs 


Please note that the webinar will not be accessible until 4:00pm on Tuesday, June 16th

Re-opening in a Post COVID-19 Environment:

Practical Solutions for SMEs 


The COVID-19 Business Info Hub is launching a webinar series to provide practical advice and solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through engaging discussions with expert panelists. The first session, Re-opening in a Post COVID-19 Environment: Practical Solutions for SMEs will be held on Tuesday, June 16th at 4.00 pm. The webinar will provide SMEs and industry stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the ”new normal” and share practical solutions that can help the sector in this time of crisis. 

Panelists include Gideon BadagawaExecutive Director of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU)Daniel BirungiExecutive Director of Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA), and Hope Sharon KwiyocwinySales and Marketing Manager of HMH Rainbow Limited, YO KUKU. The session will be facilitated by Tony OtoaExecutive Director of Stanbic Bank Business Incubator, and hosted on Blue Jeans. The session is open to ALL, irrespective of the financial institution you bank with!

The webinar comes at a critical time. Uganda has been on lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic for close to three months, resulting in a myriad of challenges for SMEs, including disruptions in the supply chain, income loss, and changing work environments. A socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19 on the formal sector and SMEs by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) conducted in April 2020 reveals that 85 percent of all businesses anticipatefinancial distress after three months of lockdown. The expectation of loss is at least 90 percent across companies of all sizes.

The plight of SMEs during COVID-19 poses significant challenges to the Ugandan economy. As the engine of growth for economic development, innovation, and wealth creation, SMEs employ over 2.5 million people in Uganda and account for approximately 90 percent of the entire private sector, generating over 80 percent of the manufacturing output that contributes 20 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

With this in mind, Stanbic Bank Uganda has deliberately prioritized efforts to support the SME sector in their time of need. In partnership with ConsumerCentrix, Stanbic Bank Uganda has launched the COVID-19 Business Info Hub – a website dedicated to providing useful, practical information on key interventions including business training, useful government directives and industry interviews to enable SMEs to stay afloat during COVID-19. 

We look forward to engaging with you on this relevant discussion towards practical solutions for SMEs. 

For desktop users please click on this link: to join the webinar which will automatically take you into the webinar through the Blue Jeans application. We recommend using Blue Jeans on your desktop for a superior and simpler user experience (this line may or may not be necessary to add).

If you are not able to join through desktop, here is how to join the meeting using your mobile phone:

You’ve been invited as a guest to attend a Blue Jeans video meeting. To join from your Android or iOS phone (or tablet), follow the instructions below (you do not need to sign up for your own BlueJeans account.):

First download the BlueJeans app, directly from Google Play or Apple store (these links also found at, or

  1. Click the meeting URL link from your calendar invite
  2. Click “Join with the app”
  3. Click to install the BlueJeans app
  4. Press Install, from the Google Play or Apple app site
  5. The BlueJeans app is now installed on your phone

Then to join the meeting

  1. Click the meeting URL link from your calendar invite
  2. Click “Join with the app”
  3. With the blue jeans app, already installed, you’ll arrive in a page where you can enter your name or disable your video (if you choose). Press the green “Join Meeting” button.
  4. Click OK If you are asked to allow BlueJeans to access your microphone or camera, or push notifications:

-If your wifi signal is “spotty” (i.e. your audio and/or video images are not good):

-move to an area with a stronger signal, closer to your wifi access point

-swipe the whole button upwards to switch into low bandwidth mode- your camera will be turned off and you will not see any participants- this preserves the limited bandwidth for audio only (you will see screen shares, if they are shown)

-and to improve your audio further, wear earbuds, especially if using android


Attendees will “raise their hand” if they want to interact live in the meeting (be able to speak and be seen): Click the hand, then click “Send Request” to interact live (the Moderator will then review your request). If approved, you’ll receive a confirmation. Unless you are asking a question, please keep your audio to mute throughout the duration of the webinar.

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What does the Purchase Managers Index tell us about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

What does the Purchase Managers Index tell us about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

The COVID-19 Business Info Hub spoke with Mr. Kenneth Kitungulu, Executive and Head, Global Markets at Stanbic Bank Uganda, to understand what the Purchase Managers Index can tell us about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and how SMEs should prepare for the future.

What is the Purchase Managers Index and why is it important?

The Purchase Managers Index is an accurate, comprehensive suite of economic indicators in Africa. It was started in 2016 in Uganda and 400 companies contribute monthly to provide updates on business and economic indicators in different sectors of the economy. It is used by Bank of Uganda and others in decision-making.

What does the Purchase Managers Index I tell us about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Over the past few months, Purchase Managers have indicated that there has been a significant drop in output. Over 90% have indicated a decline in business activities. 36% of companies have had to scale back on employment, and more than 80% have purchased less input in February and March in line with decreased demand. Delivery times have increased significantly, and there has been an overall reduction in prices. For the first time since the PMI was launched, companies are reporting that they are less optimistic about future growth.

What can SMEs do to better prepare for the future?

SMEs must adopt skills around good governance structures within the entity, including separation of ownership from management and ensuring proper accounting policies. It is also critical to ensure there is a good cash buffer, because one thing that this crisis has taught us is that you cannot always predict the future, and we need to be better prepared.

Ekitongole ki PSFU kikunze kitya ba memba baakyo ne gavumenti okuyamba bizinensi okuyita mu katyaabaga kano aka covid-19

Ekitongole ki PSFU kikunze kitya ba memba baakyo ne gavumenti okuyamba bizinensi okuyita mu katyaabaga kano aka covid-19?

Entabiro y’amawulire agakwaata ku  bizinensi mu biseera bya covid-19 yayogeddeko ne Francis Kaisirinya, Executive Director wa Private Sector Foundation Uganda kungeri PSFU gyekwataganye ne ba membe baayo kko ne gavumenti okuyamba bizinensi mukaseera kano akaakatyaabaga jka corona

Omulimu gwaffe nga PSFU okuyamba bizinsensi kwa mirundi esatu. Ekisooka, okukiikirira ba memba baffe nga tuteesa ne gavumkenti, eky’okubiri, okuzimba nokuyamba bizinensi okubeera ennungi, n’eky’okusatu, okunoonya ensimbi okwannganga okusoomooza kwezifuna.

Nteekateeka ki PSFU zeekolako okuyamba bizinensi entonotono okuyita mu kaseera kano aka covid-19?

PSFU egenda mmaaso n’okuteesa ne gavumenti ku nsonga ezikwaata kuba nekolera jange omuli okulaba nti gavumenti esasula mangu abajiguza ebyamaguzi, okuyamba ebitongole by’ensimbi okukkakkanya ebyeetaago by’okusasula looni, okuyamba bizinensi okuba ne ssente nokufuna amabanja agataliiko bukwakkulizo bungi n’okussa essira ku nsonga ezikulaakukanya bizinensi. Ebiteeso byetwaawa gavumenti yatandika obikkiriza era PSFU essubira nti n’ebilala ebinaayongerwaako bijja kuteekebwa munkola


Kyeeraga mu lwaatu nti bannanyini bizinensi balina okwettanira enkola y’omutimbagano. Nga tusinziira kunzirukana y’emirimu, PSFU eteesa ebintu ebiyinza okutumbula enkola eno nokuba nti weri mubujjuvu ate esoboka okweetooloola eggwanga lyonna. Ku ludda lwa banannyini bizinensi, PSFU, eyamba mukulanga n’okutendeka abakozi amagezi ag’ekikugu nga bakola emirimu gyaabwe. Obusuubuzi mu bizinsensi zino bweetaaga mu enkola ey’omutimbagano. Makampuni agaagala okweetaba mukutendekebwa kuno gasaba gaanukule nga omulanga gwa PSFU bweguba guzze

Bizinensi zisobola kkolagana zitya ne PSFU?

PSFU esangibwa ku Plot 43 Nakasero Road Kampala

Tukubire ku: +256312263850


Obubaka bwa Anne Juuko – Akulira Stanbic Bank Uganda

Uganda, bizinsensi entonotono (SME) zikwaata ekifo kya ku mwanjo nnyo mu by’enfuna, obuyiiya n’okutondawo obugagga.

- Anne Juuko
Akulira Stanbic Bank Uganda

Okutumbula bizinensi za Uganda entonotono – olufungo lw’enkulakulana

Obubaka bwa Anne Juuko – Akulira Stanbic Bank Uganda

Mu mirimu gyonna ejikolebwa mu Uganda, bizinsensi entonotono (SME) zikwaata ekifo kya ku mwanjo nnyo mu by’enfuna, obuyiiya n’okutondawo obugagga. Mu alipoota ezikoleddwa ekitongole ekifuga ba musiga nsimbi ki Uganda Investment Authority, bizinensi ez’ekika kino zikola ebitundu 49 mu mirimu egy’obuweereza, ebitundu 33% mu by’obusuubuzi, ebitundu 10% mumakolero n’ebitundu 8% mu mirimu emilala

Ekyeewuunyisa ate nga kituufu kiri nti abantu abasukka mu bukadde bubiri n’ekitundu beebakola emirimu egy’enjawulo mu bizinensi ez’ekika kino. Bano bakola ebitundu 90% mu mirimu egy’obwannanyini, abakola ebintu ebikolebwa mu makolero ebisukka mu bitundu 80% nga bino bikola ebyongera 20% ku by’enfuna by’eggwanga lyonna. Naye wadde nga kino kiri bweekiti, emirimu gy’ekika kino jilina obuzibu mu by’ensimbi, amagezi ag’ekikugu, okukuuma ebiwandiiko, enzirukanya y’emirimu etali ya mulembe, obusobozi obutono okubasobozesa okukuuma amateeka n’obukwakkulizo bw’endagaano z’emirimu, n’okuvuganya okwamanyi wano ate n’ebweeru weggwanga.

Byonna ebyo biviiriddeko bizinensi zino okugwa amangu ddala nga zaakatandika oba ezo eziba ziwonye okusigala nga ziddukanyizibwa mungeri ey’ekiboggwe era ngatezikula. Bweetyo nno Stanbic Bank kyeeva yasalawo mubugenderevu essira okulissa mukuyamba bizinensi ez’eekika kino. Twoongedde okutema empenda nga tuyita mu banywanyi baffe okuyamba bizinensi zino okukula ate ziwangaale.

Obuyambi bwa Stanbic mu kaseera kano aka covid-19

Mukiseera kino ensi yonna eyita mu kiseera ekizibu naddala munsonga za bizinensi era nga tewari amanyi kiddako. Nga ekitongole ky’eby’ensimbi ekiri kuntabiro y’eby’enfuna, embeera eno tujiwulira era tumanyi bulungi obulabe bweekoze mubulamu bwammwe obwabulijjo ne munzirukanya y’emirimu. Awo nno tulina essanyu okuba nti tuli kitundu ku ntabiro y’amawulire agakwaata ku bizinensi mu biseera bya covid-19 , ekifo wojja okusanga amawulire gonna agakwaata  kungeri gyosobola okwanganga mu okusoomoozebwa kuno era eno yengeri Stanbic Bank gyegenda okkuyambamu mukaseera kano

Okwongerayo ebbanga bizinensi zino mwezirina okusasuliramu looni
Stanbic etaddewo akalembereza nga kawanvuko ku looni za bizinensi neza ssekinnoomu kibasobozese okuyita mu katyaabaga k’eby’enfuna akavudde ku kirwadde kya covid-19. Tusaba ba kasitoma baffe bonna nga ennyingiza yaabwe ekoseddwa olw’ekilwadde kino basabe ebbanga mwebalina okusasuliramu looni zaabwe lyongezebweeyo okutuuka ku bbanga lya nnaku 90 okusinziira ku mbeera nga bwebanyize. Tusaba ba kasitoma baffe okutuukirira ba business banker, relationship managers oba customer care center yaffe.

Eky’okuddamu kyaffe mu bya bizinensi ne Bank kiyiiyiziddwa okuja mu bweetaavu bwa bizinensi entonotono mu Uganda. Tukutte olugendo lwokugaziya enkola yaffe nga bwetuzimba Bank ey’omulembe gwa tekinologiya egenda okuyamba mmwe ba kasitoma baffe aba bizinensi entonotono. Enterprise Banking eyogera eri ebizibu byennyini n’ebiluubirirwa by aba kasitoma baffe okukula okusinga kukuyitibwa bizinensi entonotono

Obuyambi bwa Stanbic munkulakulana ya bizinensi entonotono.

Nga eggwanga, Uganda tesobola kukula nga bizinensi zino teziyambiddwa kukula eyo y’ensonga lwaaki tukitwaala nga kikulu okuziyamba ku Stanbic Bank. Stanbic yatandikawo ejjalurizo lya bizinensi mu 2018 nekigendererwa ky’okutendeka, n’okutumbula amagezi ag’ekikugu mukukulakulanya bizinensi ez’ekika kino. Okutendekebwa kwa bweereere nga n’ekisinga obukulu tolina kuba kasitoma wa Stanbic Bank okukweetabamu. Entekateka eno tujigaziiyizza era netuggulawo amaalurizo amalala mu Hoima, Mbarara ne Gulu okusobozesa n’abantu abali mubitundu ebyo okufuna omukisa guno.gunno

Stanbic n’enkola y’omutimbagano
Stanbic erina enkola ey’omulembe eri ba nannyini bizinensi okukole’mirimu gyaabwe ku byuuma bikali magezi era abakozi baffe babeerawo okubaweereza ku ssimu ne email buli lwekisoboka

Ba kasitoma ba bizinensi entonotono:
Enterprise Online: Osobola okunyumirwa empeereza eno ey’obweereere okuddukanya eby’eetaago bya bizinensi byo byonna wonna wooli. Okumanya ebisingawo tutuukirire ku

Enterprise Direct: Bano bbo baddamu masimu. Bakubire oyogere ne business banker kunsonga yonna ekwaatagana ne bizinensi yo. MTN- 0312 222 660 or Airtel -0200 546 600 or UTL-0417 266 600.
Tweeyama okusigala nga tuyamba ba kasitoma baffe mu kaseera kano. Fenna wamu tufube okulaba nga tweekuuma nga tuli balamu era tujja kkola kyonna ekisoboka okulaba nga bizinensi yo eyitimuka mukaseera kano n’emubiseera ebijja mmaaso


Mweebale nnyo

Anne Juuko

Chief Executive, Stanbic Bank Uganda.

Nina obuzibu okusaula loan yange mu microfinance. Nkole ntya?

Nina obuzibu okusaula loan yange mu microfinance. Nkole ntya?

Ekibuuzo: Nkole ntya bwemba nina obuzibu okusasula looni yange eya Microfinance?

Answer: Teweelariikirira! Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority (UMRA) ekola kyonna ekisoboka okuyamba bizinensi entonotono mukaseera kano. Tuukirira micro finance yo   mangu ddala omanye kyebasobola okukukolera kubikwaatagana nokusasula looni yo

Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority (UMRA) elagidde ebitongole byonna ebiwola sente n’abantu ssekinnoomu okuwa abantu bonna abeewola naye nga bizinensi zaabwe zikoseddwa ekilwadde kino ebbanga eddala mwebalina okusasulira sente nga ensonga bazikola emu kweemu nga bweeba ezze

Bino byolina okumanya:

  • Bwooba wafuna looni nga omweezi gwa April 2020 tegunnatuuka era nga obadde osasula bulungi, osobola okusaba ebbanga eddala mwoosasulira okuva mukitongole ekyakuwola ssente


  • Kino kitegeeza nti osobola okukeerewamu okusasula okumala emyeezi 3 ku bitundutundu byolina okusasula namagoba agaba gagenzeeko. Kino era kitegeeza nti ojja kuba olina okusasula looni yo mubujjuvu byaayo, namagoba gonna n’ebisale ebilala nga bwemwabikkaanyaako n’ekitongole gyeweewola. UMRA eweze okusasula kwa sente enkadde ezibanjibwa naye nga akakkwakkulizo kali nti muddamu nemujiteesaako okujisasula mu bbanga eritasukka myeezi 12. Kitegeeza nti okyaasobola okuteesa n’ekitongole ekyakuwola singa oba olinaye sente zootaasasula.
  • Okuddamu okuteesa ku looni yo olwa covid-19 tekijja kukosa bwesimbu bwolina mukusasula amabanja
  • Waliwo amateeka agakuuma gwwe omweewozi abawola gebalina okugoberera okuyiya mukaseera kano okutuuka nga 31st March 2021.

Sigala ewaka oyogere n’ekitongole kyo bwooba olina obuzi mukusasula looni yo. Kino kiyamba bizinensi yo wamu n’ekitongole gyeweewola okusigala nga kyiri mumbeera ennungi nebwewabaawo okukeerewa mukusasula. Kozesa emitimbagano  egyateekebwaawo ekitongole gyeweewola mukiseera kino

Question: What can I do if I am having trouble paying my microfinance business loan?

Answer: There is no need to panic! The Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority (UMRA) is taking action to help small and medium businesses right now. Contact your microfinance institution right away and find out what they can do for you concerning your loan repayment.

The Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority (UMRA) has instructed microfinance institutions and Money Lenders to grant a moratorium or deferment for loan repayments to borrowers that have been affected by the pandemic on a case by case basis.

Here is what you need to know:

  • If you received a loan prior April 2020 and you were repaying on time, you can apply for a moratorium with your microfinance institution
  • Having a moratorium means that you may be able to delay payments for up to 3 months on loan installment and interest accrued. This means that you will still need to repay the loan in full, with all interest and charges as agreed with your microfinance institution.  UMRA has suspended the payment of arrears as a pre-condition for restructuring loan term for up to 12 months, meaning that you can negotiate with your microfinance institution even if you have arrears.
  • Restructuring of your loans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will not negatively impact your credit risk profile.
  • There are consumer protection guidelines in place by UMRA to protect you, which lenders must adhere to through 31st March 2021

Stay home and talk with your microfinance institution if you are having trouble with loan repayments. It is in the best interest of your business – and of your microfinance institution – for you to succeed, even if there is a delay in payment.  Use digital channels made available by your lender during this time.

Emitemwa gyange egy’emisolo njikola ntya mu kaseera kano aka COVID-19?

Emitemwa gyange egy’emisolo njikola ntya mu kaseera kano aka COVID-19?

Ekibuuzo:  Kiki kyensobola okukola bwenfuna obuzibu okusasula emisolo emilimu gyange bwejiba tejitambula bulungi mukaseera kano aka covid-19?

Ekiddibwaamu: Toba nakutya. Gavumenti ya Uganda elina enteekateeka okuyamba bizinensi entonotono nga eyo eyiyo. Ekitongole ky’emisolo empeereza ezisinga yziteeka ku mutimbagano, okkukuuma nga oli mulamu, n’okweewala okkutambuza mukiseera kino eky’okusigala awaka.

Bino byolina okumanya:

  • URA eyongezzaayo emyeezi ebiri okuwayo ebiwandiiko by’emisolo (genda ku self-service tab, how to use e-services, returns)
    • Okuwaayo biwandiiko bya Corporate tax oba emisolo gya kampuni eby’omwaaka oguggwaako mu September kwongezeddwaayo okutuuka nga 31st May 2020.
    • Okuwaayo ebiwandiiko bya PAYE, VAT, Local Excise Duty, Withholding Tax ne Lotteries and Gaming kwongezeddwaayo okutuuka nga 30th April 2020.


  • Emisolo jilina okusasulwa era tejisonyiyibwa. Nsalessale naye tayongezeddwaayo
    • Bwooba tosobola kusasula misolo mu bujjuvu, waayo entegeeragana yo ne URA okusasula mubitundu
    • Manya nti okulemwa okusasula ebitundutundu nga bwewakkanya ne URA kiyinza okkuviiramu okuwa engassi, okusazzaamu endagano yo okusasula ebitundu oba okubawa sente eziri ku akawunti yo okusasula sente zonna eziba zisigaddeyo n’engassi yaakwo
    • Omuwi w’omusolo avaayo nayogera emisolo jaataasasula nga takakiddwa tasasula magoba agabeera ku ngassi eteekeddwa okusasula kumisolo ejitaasasulwa. Emisolo gyonna ejibanjibwa wabula jjo jiba jilina okusasulwa
  • Sasulira ewaka nga okozesa omutimbagano
    • Online Banking/EFT/RTGS/Online Debit Banks,
    • Agency Banking n’okukozesa VISA/MasterCard ku Stanbic Bank, ABSA and UBA,
    • PayWay okweetooloola eggwa lyonna,
    • Mobile Money (MTN and Airtel).

Sigala ewaka weekuume nga oli mulamu!

Engeri gyotufunamu

URA yasigala nga nzigula bwooba oyagala empeereza nga tosobola jjifuna ku mutimbagano. Genda ku Nga olina kyeweebuuza oba kyoyagala okuyugamba, email: oba kuba (256) 417-442097, 0417444602 oba 0800117000 or 0800217000 ezitali zaakusasulira

Question: What can I do if I am having trouble paying my taxes while my business suffers during COVID-19?

Answer: Do not fear! The Government of Uganda is taking action to help small and medium businesses like yours. The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is offering most services online – to keep you safe, and to keep you from having to move during a time when it is important to stay at home.

Here is what you need to know:

  • The URA has offered an extension of 2 months to file returns (go to self-service tab, how to use e-services, returns)
    • Corporate tax filling for September year ends, is extended until 31st May 2020.
    • PAYE, VAT, Local Excise Duty, Withholding Tax and Lotteries and Gaming filling is extended until 30th April 2020.
  • Taxes need to be paid; they are not waived, and the deadline for payment has not been extended.
    • If you cannot pay your taxes in full, submit a Memorandum of Understanding with URA to pay in installments
    • Be aware that failure to pay tax installments as negotiated may result in penalties, cancellation of the agreed installment payments or garnishing your bank account for the entire outstanding balance, interest and potentially penalties.
    • Taxpayers who voluntarily disclose tax liabilities which had not been disclosed in prior years or months have been given a waiver on interest and penalties for unpaid taxes. The principal tax liabilities must be paid.
  • Pay from home using online platforms
    • Online Banking/EFT/RTGS/Online Debit Banks,
    • Agency Banking and use of VISA/MasterCard for Stanbic Bank, ABSA and UBA,
    • PayWay services across the country,
    • Mobile Money (MTN and Airtel).

Stay home and stay safe!

Important Contact Information

URA remains operational to offer services that cannot be accessed online. Visit For inquiries and feedback, email: or call (256) 417-442097, 0417444602 or Toll-free lines on 0800117000 or 0800217000.