Established in 2020 under the Lead Firm Structure (Private Sector Foundation Uganda) and spearheaded by NFT Mobility, the initiative reached its conclusion at a ceremony hosted at the Protea by Marriott Skyz Hotel. The successful execution of the program was made possible through the Ugx 43,000,000 fund allocated to the Private Sector Foundation Uganda by the Mastercard Foundation for its entire duration of running.
Addressing the NFT Stakeholders’ Meeting, Mr. Apollo Muyanja, the Lead Firm Structure Project Director, underscored how the project has provided young women with opportunities to enter the motorcycle hailing industry at various levels. He stated, “The NFT Mobility program aimed to generate employment for 12,000 young people, with 8,400 of them being women. The initiative offered professional mobility solutions, including boda boda passenger and delivery services. NFT collaborated with us, training boda riders, emphasizing road safety protocols, and facilitating licensing requirements.”
To ensure a consistent income for program participants, NFT Mobility connects riders with various delivery partners, as explained by Mr. Ntege Badru, the Director at NFT Mobility. Approximately 320 individuals have not only entered the boda boda industry as cyclists but have also found roles as mechanics and delivery personnel.
“NFT collaborates with partners like Joint Medical Services (JMS), recently delivering condoms worth Ugx 12 million to Eastern Uganda. They also partner with the Ministry of Health, significantly reducing the time spent collecting samples from three months to under 24 hours,” he added.
Mr. Ntege elaborated on the recruitment process, revealing that a call was made, interested individuals registered, underwent a six-month training, and now, they proudly have 120 females skilled in motorcycle maintenance across Kampala.
Beneficiaries of the program shared their testimonies, with Nantenza Amina’s story standing out. Amina, from Masaka, joined as a woman in a male-dominated industry and has become renowned in the Northern region. The project has empowered her to support her children, pay school fees, and afford rent through earnings from the motorcycle business.
Among other beneficiaries was Nakayi Fatuma, among others. As part of the stakeholder engagement, Susan Bajjenda, a seasoned Gender consultant, presented a report highlighting the project’s findings and evaluation.
Acknowledging the impact and stories of the NFT Mobility Project, Elizabeth Ntege, the Director at NFT Consult Group, announced that the project received a Gender Equality Seal from UNDP.
The event concluded with an award ceremony, where outstanding participants were rewarded with gift hampers and a photo moment.