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Financial inclusion(Enhancing Saving)

In the last 12 months, I have been developing a digital saving platform that will link mobile phone users to a financial institution using a mobile phone to enhance saving.

The system is now fully developed, tested and working perfectly.

This platform is going to able all mobile phone users be able to open up digital saving wallets on their phones and save money at ease.

The system is developed to create job opportunity for a user who signs up another user to have a digital saving wallet. The system automatically pays out a commission per transaction to a recommender every time a user transacts.

We are going to be employing 100,000 supper Agents across Uganda to promote the product tackling unemployment.


This is the first digital saving innovation with such futures and I am glad to be the innovator of this digital saving solution.

In the next one month, our digital saving wallet platform will be available for the general public to use.

I thank God for INT on all the support, knowledge and training

Mentoring first year law students

The project is aimed at refocusing the vision, passion, and energies of young student lawyers from having an inward looking, selfish mindset, to one that is passionate about the nation of Uganda and interested in leaving the country a better place than one has found it.

The Project focuses on mentoring first year student lawyers at Makerere University of the 2014-2015 intake into becoming professional, ethical, outward looking, nation transformers before they are contaminated by te University. It is proposed that the mentoring system shall continue to run the length of their stay at Makerere University (four years). It is hoped that at the end of their stay at Makerere, these law students will not only be the read in law, but will also have additional skill sets and attitudes necessary to change the situations in which they will live and work. It is also hoped that this project will continually incorporate more first year students as they join the School of Law in order to have continuity.  This will also give the continuing students an opportunity to mentor and guide the new ones.

In so doing, the Project will be an effective vehicle to create a critical mass of well grounded lawyers, no excuse, diligent, hardworking, committed lawyers who will cause national transformation.

It is hoped that the project will have different activities which include – but are not limited to -mentoring sessions, lectures, volunteering activities, conferences and others. It is hoped that funds will be generated for these activities from within the students themselves, fundraising activities, well wishers like lecturers at the School of Law, Collaborations with other projects, the Main administration at the University as well as other NGOs and companies. The first activity which is detailed in this proposal is estimated to costs UGX 25,000,000/=


P-Save Project

In March 2013, I took on a leadership role with P-Save, a Christian based tier 4 microfinance institution. Two months later, my wife, Ritah and I after many months of contemplation, debate and procrastination, enrolled for Class 11 of the Oakseed Executive Leadership Training of the Institute of National Transformation (INT). It was during the Oakseed training that we begun to understand that transformation does not just happen. It takes deliberate effort to turn mediocrity into excellence. I also realized that my new leadership position at P-Save was a great opportunity to practice the many things we were learning at INT. I therefore decided to make P-Save my Individual Project for the training.

The training helped us conceptualize our ideas into a project proposal and we set out to grow P- Save into a great Christian organization that not only provides excellent financial services to members but also contributes to the expansion of God’s Kingdom in the business sphere.

Having started my legal career in a bank, over time I realized that despite the considerable progress in the expansion of Uganda‘s financial services sector, our country still suffers from low savings rate which translates to high costs of lending and low indigenous investments. More so, financial institutions prefer to invest in low risk government securities rather than lending to the broader segment of the population, which is considered very risky. So while the financial system is able to provide financing to people in need of credit facilities, most of the credit is short-term credit (with a tenor of 6 to 36 months) and funding for longer maturities is largely unavailable which in turn severely curtails the financing of long-term development projects, which is a further constraint to economic development. The growth of long-term finance has been slowed by issues such as high interest rates, difficulties in accessing credit and a generally underdeveloped financial system with limited options. Many people resort to obtaining credit from money lenders, a group which has gained prominence for their quick loans which come at very exorbitant and exploitative interest rates, thus leaving most of their borrowers destitute.

But even of more concern to us, most financial institutions in Uganda are foreign owned and by necessary implication tend to serve the interests of their foreign shareholders at the expense of the indigenous Ugandans. This became very evident in the financial year 2011/2012 when inflation reached close to 30% and banks increased their loan interest rates on account of the high inflation. As a result, many Ugandans saw their disposable incomes eroded and many lost their property to the banks. Yet amidst all this suffering by ordinary Ugandans, the banks posted supernormal profits, most of which were subsequently repatriated to the foreign shareholders.

We therefore felt burdened to strengthen indigenous grassroots financial institutions like P-Save that will serve the interests of our community. More so, we were convinced that we needed to raise a Christ-like financial institution that will not exploit the unsuspecting consumers, but rather serve the Kingdom of God through the application of biblical principles regarding finance, credit and investment.

P-Save as a Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO) is classified as a tier 4 financial institution and is regulated as such. The INT training enabled us position P-Save as a vehicle for national transformation by developing a savings culture among the members, thereby increasing their access to financial resources for investment and personal development. P-Save’s purpose is to enable and facilitate its members to achieve financial freedom. And the purpose of my INT Individual project was to use my skills to grow P-Save into the preferred financial services partner that enables and facilitates members to achieve their development needs.

The project is still on-going and by the grace of God we have witnessed tremendous growth and excellence as a result of implementing the lessons from the INT training. Since graduating from INT in October 2013, we doubled our membership, doubled our savings portfolio and tripled our loan portfolio in less than three years. We have also since increased from one branch to three branches as well as increased from one permanent staff member to five permanent staff members working with several volunteers. But more fundamentally, we have used the INT training to become disciplined people practicing disciplined thought and disciplined action. One of our most enriching and rewarding disciplines is a weekly book review in which each of our staff share what they are learning from a book they are reading.

Our work, discipline and dedication at P-Save is derived from the greatest lesson we gained from INT, that national transformation begins in the heart of a transformed and disciplined individual. Before we can have dominion in any sphere of society, the individual must first have a personal transformation.

Victorious Education Services


Victorious Education Services started in 1999 as a Kindergarten with about 30 (thirty) children and 3 (three) staff Members. In a three bed roomed house with 30 chairs and no table with personal savings of about UgShs 1,000,000. (one million). We have now grown into one of the biggest and best education institution with over 350 members of staff and about 4000 pupils.
Victorious Education Services (VES) is a God fearing institution that is dedicated to train a wholesome person. The Institution provides a range of services including Daycare, Kindergarten, Primary school education and transportation of pupils. School programmes are designed to build a foundation for a child’s cognitive and physiological development so as to enhance their capability to learn and interact with more complex concepts in their academic life and thereafter.
In 2003 victorious Kindergarten became a Limited Company. The Institution has four campuses in Kampala and One campus in Mukono is a fully fledged boarding school. Victorious Education Services (VES) turned 17 years this year 2016. The Campuses located in Kampala provide nonresidential academic services at kindergarten and primary school level.
The school envisages to expand it’s coverage to other regions of Uganda and Neighboring countries in the future.

Through the classes we discovered that there is no excuse for not impacting the nation. We then embarked on the following;

  1. Thinking widely on how to impact lives.
  2. Putting in place systems, leadership structures and policies in our organization.
  3. Placing people rightly.
  4. We discovered a leader has to be a reader, researcher and implementer.
  5. Joining networks and this has enabled us to get technical support, information and assistance in our areas of need.
  6. Focus on our niche, the mountain of education which is our core business.
  7. Adhering to our core values-Value based system.
  8. Community transformation-we have held a lot of community engagements that have brought about transformation in the communities where we work.
  9. Embracing technology.


Year Award Awarding Institution
 2007 Acquisition of Victorious Lane because of improving the lane from murram road to tarmac Rubaga KCCA
 2012 Investor of the year award – medium category 2nd runners up medium category UIA
 2012 MTN Business Training Module Winner Planning, Sticking to plans and implementing MTN
 2012 MTN Business Sticking to the Strategic Plan Module Training module winner-staff retention and motivation MTN
 2014 World Savers Excellence Awards – Winner Education Award – Female Personality World Savers Excellence Awards
 2014 Top 100 Mid-sized company 2012/2013/2014
 2014 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year UIA
 2014 Mbiire Award for Woman Entrepreneur of the Year UWEAL
 2014 Rotary Club of Rubaga Good Community and Education work in Rubaga Division Rotary Club, Rubaga
 2015 Uganda Development Bank Award for Net worth and outstanding achievements UDB
 2015 Africa’s most influential women in Business and Government country and regional winner in Education CEO Global Awards
 2015 HIT Awards – Christian Business of the Year Heavenly Inpired Triump Awards
 2015 Consumers Preference Award – The Best Kindergarten, Day Care , Nursery and Play School Consumer’s Preference Award 2015 Uganda
 2015 MTN Women in Business Awards – MTN SME CEO of the year MTN
 2015 INT Award for outstanding transformational leadership Institute for National Transformation
 2015 Best employer of the year NSSF – Bakuli Branch
 2016 Golden jubilee medal for contribution in the education sector, International Women’s Day H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, The President of Uganda
 2016 Uganda Revenue Authority Certificate of appreciation of continues voluntary compliance and partnership URA


Why the success?

  • The power of having plans and implementing them.
  • Evaluating every activity that we do and our terms, departments, year and
  • Embracing Technology.
  • Continuous Learning and improvement.
  • School, Staff, Parental Engagement.
  • Training Staff on a regular basis.
  • Constant evaluation of the service rendered from all stakeholders.
  • Care for the children.
  • Values & Virtues based on Godly Principles.
  • Hard work.


  • Being everything, bursar, teacher, makeshift nurse, and others.
  • Working environment was not conducive.
  • Lack of buy in from Financial institutions .
  • Lack of security.
  • In the initial days when I was a sole proprietor ( Gender).
  • Accessing information from already established schools was a nightmare, they never saw
    value in me.
  • In Uganda, we rarely believe in ourselves, it is assumed that people with a different color
    are the ones that can thrive.
  • Attitude towards work is a very big challenge, most people do not appreciate work.
  • Perception that parents had towards nursery teachers (this affected fees payments).
  • Mindset that all people who work in a kindergarten are school drop outs.
  • Looking at education as a call and not a business.
  • Lack of the saving and investment culture.

Future Plans

  • Growing Victorious Education Services into all the five Divisions of Kampala, expanding
    to other districts and later outside the country.
  • Establishing a secondary school
  • Establishing a skills institute and finally a university.
  • Construction of a stadium in Victorious Primary Boarding school-Mukono to
    host most of the sports activities.
  • Construction of modern swimming pools in the school premises.
  • Accessing loans to construct the school with low interest
  • Partnerships
  • Exchange programmes.
  • Establishing a demonstration farm that will include several agricultural projects
    such as mushroom growing, poultry and fish farming. That will feed our
  • Construction of decent teachers’ quarters.

As a result of following the INT principles our business has doubled growing to a rate of 50%. The number of staff we employ has increased by 40%. We have received several awards since 2010. We are so grateful to God and to INT.

We are Victorious because God is able.

Imagine Me

Joan Mugenzi

Joan Mugenzi is part of the INT alumni (third intake, 2010).  While on the programme, Joan sought ways to translate her gift of encouragement into a platform that could be used by many.  She was attached to the education sphere of influence, but kept on saying what her focus was on was not what the Education sphere was about.  None of the other spheres seemed to respond to her calling, although she enjoyed all the class discussions, and she picked a key message – to be a No-Excuse leader.

When the time for graduation came, Joan did not sign the pledge form because she was not ready to simply sign a document for which she had many unanswered questions about what next?

One thing was clear to her though, she is called to encourage people, and support them to nurture their dreams.

In 2014, through discussions on social media, Joan was able to revisit her passion.  She developed a methodology called Imagine Me, which is a step by step process that enables participants reflectively develop practical steps and actions towards the achievement of their dreams.  She has been running this programme since May 2014 under a company she founded, Imagine Me Africa (

Joan is a life strategist, offering both motivational training and coaching that enables individuals translate their ideas into reality.  She is a certified trainer of International Success Coach, Jack Canfield, and at the moment the only one in East Africa certified to teach Canfield’s Success Principles.

Most recently, Joan partnered with a team to start a wellness company, Juice Secrets, which is applying the Imagine Me methodology for its business development and growth.

Joan ended her contract with World Vision International (East Africa Region) on September 30th, 2016, where she worked as the Regional Advisor, Community Health Systems to focus on her passion.

Joan ended her contract with World Vision International (East Africa Region) on September 30th, 2016, where she worked as the Regional Advisor, Community Health Systems to focus on her passion.

She holds a Masters in Public Health Leadership from Uganda Christian University, Mukono, a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Management from Uganda Management Institute and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Makerere University.

She is a Fellow of the Makerere University School of Public Health/Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and an alumni of the US International Visitors Leadership Programme.

Joan Mugenzi, Life strategist, motivational trainer and coach.

Joan can be reached on 0772460976/0755000909 or email: