Small business owners in the community are reaping the benefits of the monthly market days organized by Tubayo. This event takes place once a month in Kampala and Nairobi. It has become a vital platform for small businesses to showcase their products and services to a broad audience.
What’s remarkable about the Tubayo market day is that 90% of the businesses that participate are female-owned. The last edition saw over 155 small businesses come together to showcase their products, services, and innovations to over 1500 people who attended to support these small businesses.
It featured games by Cheza Uganda and Vibez Nzuri on entertainment and a fantastic chess tournament which was graced by Mr. Tony Otoa and organized by Karibu Foundation, whose sole objective is to promote chess among street children. These 15 children took part and even won so many games.
The impact of these market days is profound, with many small business owners reporting increased sales and exposure. Wendy, a small business owner who participated in the last market day, sold out all her stock within a few hours of setting up her booth. Gloria, another business owner who was hesitant to participate, ended up celebrating as she exceeded her sales expectations for the day.
The Tubayo market day has become a powerful community-building event that helps small businesses generate revenue and provides a platform for entrepreneurs to connect and share knowledge—starting on Nov 21, 2021, at the Yard Bugolobi. This market day is now part of people’s socials calendars, with one Kato Mpanga, a Ugandan living in the UK, making it a point to have his calendar blocked out to make it home for a week and leave with having attended the day, This has become a hub for innovative ideas and products that are helping to transform the local community.
The market day organizers thank their partners, such as Omwoleso by MOTIV, Pink Coconut Decor, Tukole, Function Junction, legacy sounds, Innovation Village, and Vibez Nzuri, alongside wonderful MCs Shantal and Saint Trevor, who all come together to ensure the day is a success.
In conclusion, the Tubayo market day has become a critical platform for small business owners, particularly female entrepreneurs, to showcase their products, services, and innovations to a broader audience. The impact of these market days on the local community is profound, with small business owners reporting increased sales and exposure. As Tubayo continues to grow and expand its reach, we expect to see more innovative businesses emerging from the community.