From joblessness to computer importer
Posted Tuesday, October 29 2013 at 01:00
From being a school dropout, Agaba has struggled through life to become a successful businessman.
After struggling through secondary education, Senate Agaba, 34, realised he could not push any further with school due to financial constraints.
Thus he decided to look for a job that would at least provide him with a livelihood.
“I searched for jobs but they were hard to come by, so I ended up with an artist with whom I worked for nine months,” Agaba narrates.
Within those nine months, I had learnt a lot. I realised I could actually employ myself. So I decided to quit and started my own workshop.
How I began
I had saved about Shs170,000 so I used Shs100,000 to rent a small work space for three months as well as buying furniture of Shs35,000. From there, I started Senex Artists Workshop.
“I combined my school knowledge with the experience I had gained during my nine months to start my work,” he says.
In 2004 after working for two years, I had saved some money. I used this money to buy a computer that I used to start a secretarial bureau.
The bureau supplemented my artworks and helped me to save some money which I used to go back to school.
I registered for a long distance course with ABMA University in London. Around that time, my business had really expanded employing six people.
After a year, I graduated with a Diploma in ICT, and continued to pursue a bachelors degree in ICT at Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi.
By 2010, my business proceeds had really grown thus I needed to change my company’s name to Senex Investments.
“My annual turnover had grown to Shs30 million due to hard work, trust and my relationship with my customers.”
“I enjoy building confidence with my clients and this has been the benchmark that has endeared me to many people.”
Currently, Senex Investments handles a number of works, including graphical works, computer training, printing and branding, among others.
According to Agaba, since the beginning of his business, there have been challenges, including low working capital, among others.