Noah Walakira

We are putting the spotlight on some of our amazing 2020 Alumni of the Year recipients and the critical role they have played during the pandemic.  Next up is 2019 Social Sciences gradate from our African Leadership College, Noah Walakira, who is the Founder and CEO of Namirembe Sweater Makers.  Below Noah tells us a bit more about his role:

“I founded the Namirembe Sweater Makers as l was eager to tackle the growing unemployment and poverty in his community. Some of the earnings generated from knitting sweaters were used to put myself and other employees through school. After graduation, I came back to build my company. I now provide full-time employment to 20 youths and seeks with over 70 committed clients that include schools and companies.

“In the arising of the pandemic, my business, Namirembe Sweater Makers was affected since its main clients (the schools) were the first to shut down. I was burdened to continue supporting my team. Amidst this disaster, we reached out to several organisations to support us in fighting COVID by financing the production and free distribution of cloth masks to community members (market vendors and delivery cyclists) that are at a high risk of catching and spreading the virus. Among the support received, was Santander funding through GCU. These funds enabled us to produce over 20,000 masks that we have so far given out to market vendors and cyclists.”

Thank you Noah for the phenomenal work you are doing.  You are a very worthy addition to our esteemed Alumni of the Year recipients.