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by Heather Girling, Canada Feb 1, 2008
Education , Technology , Globalization   Interviews


Aaron, a Teacher in Enterpreneurship
Part of community growth involves changing the way individuals look at themselves, their community and their past experiences. Enjuba faces the biggest challenge of attempting to change the attitudes of individuals who have been working in their trade for years and have not gotten anything out of it.

“There has been resistance as they buy the idea, but still end up to their old way of doing things. This also affected the quality of products and the deadline for production. They were used to producing just anything and at their own time and it was a challenge to tell them that they have to produce high quality products and on time. We have overcome this by increasingly spending time with them, developing deadlines with them and explaining to them the importance of everything, casting the vision, and doing this on a daily basis, to have them understand why they have to do what we want them to do.”

Another common challenge is the financial stability to carry out their desired plans. Enjuba hopes to nurture larger corporations within the area, incorporating a larger camp that will produce mentor leaders and entrepreneurs for the African region. They have a goal of mentoring the next president of Uganda in 20 years time. Aaron hopes to write his experiences and lessons over time in a book which he can share with others, guiding others towards a better life and financial stability.

His first advice to potential social entrepreneurs is to, “be very determined to accomplish their goals and dreams. The difference between successful people and those who are not is that successful people pursue their dreams and focus on their vision, but unsuccessful ones drop their visions and dreams when challenges show up. There are lots of opportunities in this country and I advise them to read and be knowledgeable and to pursue their dreams and visions until they achieve them, however you should not forget that a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step, and also never forget to move step by step. Be patient, be honest and be committed to what you are doing.”

To learn more about Aaron Timothy or www.enjuba.com, please visit the site, anyone can get involved!

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Heather Girling

I have been fortunate to have experienced a variety of excellent opportunities such as, working at EMI Music Canada, a recording studio, djing in night clubs in Toronto and Tokyo and participating in photography festivals in Tokyo; but, nothing has been as rewarding as working with youth.
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