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Hustler : David Semakula

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Clothes business: He started out in 2008 as a worker in Owino Market and for David Semakula, this was a stepping stone into a business that is now worth Shs10m.

What is the name of your business?
Sema Fashions.

Where are you located?
We are located along Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road, opposite Makerere University small gate.

What does your company deal in?
It is a boutique dealing in trendy casual ladies outfits and jewellery.

Why did you name your business Sema Fashions?
It is an acronym of my name.

When did you start?
I started in 2008 as an employee at St Balikuddembe Market (Owino) and established myself in 2011.

How much did you invest in your business?
I invested Shs2m to start.

What is the business worth at the moment?
About Shs10m.

What challenges do you face in the business?
The ever-rising dollar rate which makes prices go so high and traders are forced to hike their prices too. The other challenge is that when campusers break off, business usually goes down because most of my clients are university students.

Where do you see the business in the next five years?
I hope to have expanded to include men’s wear and also open up branches around Kampala.

Why did you choose to deal in only women’s clothing?
Women like to look trendy, so I saw this as an opportunity to make profits in the shortest time possible.

How many people do you employ?
I employ three people who help me attend to clients, look for trending clothes and run other day-to-day errands.

Do you wish to stay in the same business forever?
Yes, because I am comfortable doing what I love to do and besides, this business helps me design people.

 

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