Lutalo gave up on a "proper" job for language interpretation
Posted Tuesday, February 26 2013 at 00:00
After searching for a proper job Ms Lutalo settled in for language interpretation a job that she still does up-to now.
Ms Veronica Lutalo exudes a penchant which explains why I in the first place suspected her to have closely interacted with Chinese.
For nearly five years now, she has lived and worked in China, where she went in search for better work prospects.
“After trying out all sorts jobs, I settled for language interpretation, something that had never crossed my mind,” she says.
“The job requires me to inform the decision of foreign traders and tourists to choose what they desire.”
“I write and speak fluent Chinese. I use this to help traders to get the best deals when transacting business in China,” Ms Lutalo tells Prosper.
According to Mr Everist Kayondo the chairman Kampala City Traders Association, Ugandans continue to get less than their bargain largely because of language barrier.
He says: “Many times when you get your container in Kampala you realise that the specifications you asked for are not what you have received. In some cases this results from a mishap up in communication.”
“This means Ms Lutalo’s service comes with good timing so as to save traders from making loses as a result of miscommunication.”
Equally Mr Moses Ogwal, an economic analyst, believes the service is not only a prudent one but an area that can provide employment for several of Uganda’s young unemployed youths.
Her first taste of business was in Hong-Kong in 2009-2010. Being fluent and proficient in the Chinese language she got an opportunity to guide traders.
This opened the door thus forcing her to pursue International Trade in Shanghai, Donghua University, China, so as to sharpen her business skills.
She also registered a trading company - in Hong-Kong.
“For some time now I have been spending a lot of time understanding China in terms of culture, business and trade - and of course the language which I currently speak fluently, in addition to English and definitely Luganda,” Ms Lutalo says.
A quick online search shows that Ms Lutalo’s company is registered as China Global Business, with her as the marketing and public relations director.
“We are a very genuine company. So, you don’t have to worry, however I urge anybody in doubt to carry out a background check before seeking our services - this is how transparent we can be,” she says.