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A new phenomenon has taken the global workforce by storm, known as “silent quitting” – a new term where employees set boundaries with work-life balance, limit their workload and don’t basically doing only the bare minimum of work.

In charge and don’t let their job and managers control their life outside of work.

Essentially, quitting smoking quietly is about establishing a healthy balance between work and personal life.

Adapted from jpostcom What does a typical day look like at your job?

I evaluate the projects and make suggestions to refine them in order to get them approved by various committees within the bank. I also oversee and follow up to ensure that projects are delivered on time within cost limits and, in the event of difficulties, there is recovery of funds to ensure that the shareholder does not lose money .

If the projects are successful, they will employ people and businesses will generate taxes that will help the government build infrastructure.

How did you get to where you are today?

It’s a combination of not only the schools I attended, but also the guidance from my parents, mentors, experience, hard work, preparation, networks, luck, and skills that I have acquired. Challenges and adversity pushed me to look outward and once I looked outward I found an opportunity to propel myself forward.

I was fortunate in many ways to have had the opportunity to continue my studies shortly after completing my bachelor’s degree. I studied my masters in accounting and finance specializing in risk management at a time when that was an emerging field, financial markets had also started to crash in Europe bringing me back home where the Bank of Uganda had issued guidelines for reforms in the banking space, particularly in the RM space.

I’m a versatile entrepreneur and digital marketing and sales specialist with an interest in retail and manufacturing. I am co-founder and managing director of Kweli.shop.

What exactly is Kweli.shop about?

With a team of competent young people from Kweli.shop, we have set up a counterfeit-free shopping platform. This provides customers with a safe space to shop for home appliances and electronics without worrying about buying counterfeits. Additionally, we are committed to educating consumers about the dangers of counterfeits and how to spot them.

How to easily differentiate counterfeit products from genuine products?

Some counterfeit products are easy to identify, but others are not since the majority of counterfeits are made to look exactly like the genuine products.

Some of the things to look out for that can help you know if a product is genuine or not are; variations in logo design, fonts or colors, variations in brand names (spellings), product labeling, product price, warranty, barcode and “made in country” , among others. Most famous brands have factories in China but some don’t have factories there. If you are sure that the company does not have a factory in China and the product is labeled “Made in China”, it is probably a fake.

What is your job at Kweli.shop?

My job is to drive the business forward by providing leadership and direction to the team. I also lead in finding and securing strategies and partnerships that can help the company better serve its customers and grow stronger.

How does Kweli.shop bridge the gap between manufacturer and consumer?

We source products directly from manufacturers and official distributors and sell directly to end consumers, thereby protecting customers from counterfeits while protecting manufacturers from undue competition with counterfeits of their brands.

Is the Ugandan market ripe for e-commerce?

I think the market is not exactly ripe for e-commerce, but we are moving in the right direction. Many people are still a bit skeptical about online transactions, but at least they are ready to start shopping online. The growth of various fintech solutions (digital payment services) is another godsend for e-commerce as a whole.

How would you describe your experience as CEO?

It’s a journey into the unknown for me. My background as CEO empowers the team to believe, try and achieve beyond expectations, every day. Same cycle, every day.

What are the greatest achievements of your career?

Growing with Kweli.shop until it is today is a great achievement.

What are your personal goals and how do you align them with your work?

Everything that happened to me prepared me for my childhood dream of turning my little village into a city. I am a strong believer in empowering people and social transformation and my current job is doing well providing me with training to do just that.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

A few years ago, I had a contract-based business, but failed to make it work after key clients had issues with their own businesses. It was very difficult to get up again after losing four years of painstaking work.

In your opinion, what was a major turning point in your career?

At some point in 2016, I put my business attempts on hold and found a job. I resigned at the end of the month and I have no intention of being employed by anyone else.

How about your management skills?

Management is not one of those things that I like, but whenever I have to do it, I take the path of training, accountability and delegation. These three have always worked well for me.

How have you contributed to the growth of the results of the previous companies with which you have worked?

I am a revenue oriented person and work with one of the largest tourist car rental companies in Uganda. A few years ago we helped them book all their cars. It was the company’s first sale in its 11-year history.

Tell us about your professional background.

I started doing business when I was a kid. I sold sugar cane when I was eight, tomatoes when I was nine, and worked for my mother selling paraffin at the village trading center when I was 11. I started my own paraffin business later, taking on a classmate as my first business partner at age 12 (primary 6) and shut it down at age 13 under pressure to focus more in class.

In my first year of studying real estate management and appraisal, I started a very successful graphic design business, only to lose it four years later. With over 40 websites to my name, two years of experience in user experience design, and a comfortable expertise in digital marketing and sales, I sought out a common personal challenge; difficult work schedules, need for furniture and genuine appliances, but online shopping platforms were filled with counterfeit products.

Alongside two friends, I started chasing a dream that would see us build a robust retail business with better quality controls and faster delivery times. This is Kweli.shop.

How do you manage to maintain a healthy relationship with your employees?

I am friends with them and we intentionally respect each other’s boundaries.

What challenges do you face in your job?

There is little skilled labor in the market to serve in e-commerce, the cost of finance is still high, and digital banking solutions often break down. Also, thieves try to take advantage of the online space to rob delivery people.

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