Jeremiah Lwebuga will work on his micro-enterprise project at the University of Alaska, Anchorage Center for Human Development.
Jeremiah has been at the forefront of supporting many members of the disability community in Uganda through his experience and commitment to working towards the mitigation of their challenges. He is currently the Country Developer for ARED Uganda (Africa Renewable Energy Distributor). In this role, he is responsible for steering the growth of the organization by ensuring sustainability and scalability of an inclusive micro-franchisee business model that provides socio-economic opportunities for persons with disabilities. These include employment opportunities that involve operating solar kiosks business hubs that provide last mile connectivity for communities at a one-stop point. Jeremiah also serves as ARED’s advisory board member at Gray Matters Capital coLabs, an early stage investment portfolio that supports innovative and scalable social enterprises that improve the lives of women and girls around the world. Additionally, he is a member of The Africa List (CDC), a select group of high-performing young business leaders from across the continent.
Jeremiah holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Economics, both from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. His graduate research dissertation was on financial inclusion of people with disabilities. The majority of his previous work experience is related to business at Frontiers Impact and Uganda Telecom Limited. Jeremiah is a firm believer in the enterprising power of people and the ability this has to systemically create change. He believes that having inclusion and diversity in access to opportunities for different groups of people is key to unlocking their competitiveness and potential for economic growth.
Jeremiah’s project intends to address the high influx of refugees and internally displace persons (IDPs) with disabilities who have limited access to sustainable employment opportunities in Uganda. He plans to leverage his background and pragmatism in inclusive, sustainable business leadership to provide recruitment, business training and monitoring support for persons with disabilities so that they can operate mobile solar-kiosk business hubs as micro-franchisees in a sustainable, scalable way.
The solar-kiosk business hub is a one-stop point to last mile energy connectivity and digital services for their communities, which generate revenue for people with disabilities. The solar-kiosk project will promote financial inclusion and increase household income and access to affordable digital services. Furthermore, it will enable greater data collection and dissemination of information that supports rational and quality decisions by organizations that people with disabilities in refugee host areas and settlements. It will also diversify community workspaces and provide proximity internet connectivity and free digital content to the community. Finally, the project will be green (environmentally friendly) and will reduce CO2 emission by over 3.8 tons annually through the solar panels on the kiosks.