By Jackie Nalubwama
Down below the windy road from Nakapiripirit Town is Tokora,
a place one can describe as a nascent trading centre. It
is quite busy with Tokora Health Centre 4’s compound
scattered with either patients or care-givers.
| Matthew Lomoi
, tool in hand, on the job at
Tokora Youth Carpentry and Joinery Project.
Matthew Lokut Lomoi is a Tokora resident who has gained
quite a lot from Tokora Youth Carpentry and Joinery Project-
a NUSAF sponsored Project. Owing to the fact that Tokora
is quite busy, he has market for his panel products.
“Before this Project, people used to buy furniture
from as far as Mbale, but now they buy from us,” said
Lomoi. He went on to add, “We even have customers
from as far as Nabilatuk, Namalu and Nakapiripirit [Town].”
To explain why his group of 11, will soon have a burgeoning
money bag, Lomoi said, “From Mbale people can buy
a stool at Shs. 4, 500 but here we will sell it at Shs.
5, 000 because we get timber from Sironko and Mbale. But
transport to Mbale is Shs. 7-8,000, so they would rather
buy from us.”
Lomoi has so far trained 5 other youth in carpentry, who
they earn a living from the sale of their products. “We
used to give the youth trainees Shs. 10, 000 per month and
if they make furniture and it’s bought, we would give
them half of the earnings.”
And on a personal note, Lomoi has been able to save and
open an account with a rural savings financial institution.
He also said, “I am now able to make a profit of Shs.
5000, which buys soap, salt and sugar for my home.”