- Gudula Naiga Basaza has held a number of high profile positions during her professional career. She talks to Edgar Batte on women mentorship.
“The need for women to increase their footprint will not only increase their profile but also motivate more women to embrace business and become a countable contribution in national economic development,” says Gudula Naiga Basaza, a board member on the women advisory council of Dfcu Bank.
She appreciates the pace the bank has set in order to enable women grow their business beyond their current reach, through the ‘Rising Women’ initiative, in partnership with Saturday Monitor and Uganda Investment Authority (UIA).
The three entities are carrying out several initiatives to recognise, celebrate and promote a culture of mentorship among women entrepreneurs in Uganda. One can visit websites of the three entities to acquire more information.
A number of the women have been profiled in Full Woman through which they have shared about their journeys; highlights, challenges and how dfcu and UIA have trained and equipped them with skills and knowledge to improve in business. The Rising Woman initiative was started in 2018 through the leadership of Victoria Byenkya, the dfcu Women in Business manager.
“The bank categorises women in three main segments including traders, professionals and those in agribusiness. The main objective is to recognise, celebrate and encourage a culture of mentorship among women in Uganda. We are achieving this through profiling women in business thus increasing their visibility through leveraging multimedia,” Naiga explains.
The bank has partnered with Makerere University Business School, Enterprise Uganda, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) and the Federation of Uganda Lawyers to support the women businesses in their mandate.
There is more she can share this month and next month through dfcu’s communication channels. Otherwise, there is a planned expo at of November where women in business will be available to share about their business experiences and give tips.
For those in the farming sector, Naiga can share a lot more. She is an agricultural entrepreneur as director of Gudie Leisure Farm, an innovative farm promoting practical translation of knowledge into business, proactiveness, interactive agricultural education, organic farming solutions through use of renewable energy.
Part of her objective as a farmer is to transform smallholder farmers. She is also a teacher and has a 20-year experience in teaching.
She is a Fulbright Scholar. She attended The George Washington University, USA between 2009 and 2010. She attained a doctorate in educational technology from the university.
She holds a PhD in Information, Communication Technology (ICT) and educational sciences from the University of Ghent, in Belgium. Between 1997 and 1998, she pursued a masters degree in education at York University in United Kingdom (UK).
Between 1993 and 1994, she enrolled for a post graduate diploma in education at Makerere University, Uganda. Prior to this, she attained a degree in botany and zoology from the same university.
Besides serving as director of Gudie Leisure Farm, she also served as Vice Chancellor at St Joseph International University and development officer at St. Augustine International University.
Between 2006 and 2008, she was director for distance learning at Uganda Martyrs University. Part of her experience has been entrepreneurship training of youth scientists and engineers in business planning under the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IIEEE)) Kigali in May this year.
“I have also trained some 63,720 smallholder farmer in proactiveness and financial literacy,” she says.
Also, for the past six years, she has been a trainer at Uganda Women Entreprenuers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for business. She has also shared her training skills with 2000 outgrowers of Delight Farm in Nwoya in different aspects, including business planning .
Part of Naiga’s experience includes serving as chairperson of Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Limited (UWEAL) between 2012 and 2017, as Vice Chairperson of Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), between 2013 and 2019. Also, she is a board member of Makerere University Business School Innovation and Incubation Centre, council member of National Agriculture Research Organisation and also board member on the Women Advisory Council for dfcu Bank.