By Eoghan Mackie, CEO

Following Jack’s really exciting announcement last week that we have been collaborating together with The Today Agency for the past couple of years and have now entered a formal partnership, the team at Challenges wanted to share some more of our thinking.

Since the late nineties, we have been embedding support into small and growing businesses all over the world. The keystone of our approach is to understand the internal composition of each business we engage with and then to come up with a custom programme of improvements which we can support the people working in…


Story by Gloria Kantengwa, Challenges Rwanda Junior Associate

When people are provided opportunities to save safely and invest wisely, real economic development can occur. To celebrate World Saving Day in October last year (2020), we provided training and engaged saving schemes in Kopakama Coffee Cooperative, a cooperative under the Challenges Rwanda’s Coffee Market Building for People and Prosperity Project (CoPP). This training was a moment for the women leading their respective groups to reflect on how far they have come since starting the saving schemes. …


Smart Foods is a technology company that focuses on the innovation of nutritious plant-based food products. They are passionate about creating highly nutritious and healthy foods that are accessible to low-income earners and high-income earners alike. From soybean to a plethora of plant-based products, Smart Food aims to ensure that they can be able to transform the nutritional intake of Uganda’s population.

Smart Foods was started to answer an ever-pressing question around the world, but more so in Africa — how can we make food more nutritious while still being accessible for the ordinary citizen? …


Youth to Work is the flagship employability programme within Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, the Bank’s global initiative to tackle inequality and promote greater economic inclusion for young people in local communities. The programme is funded by the Standard Chartered Foundation (SCF) and delivered by Challenges Worldwide to support young professionals to become catalysts for positive change in business and communities across Zambia, Uganda and Ghana. The objective of the Youth to Work programme is to position and equip young people with skills and opportunities to create economic and employment changes across the economy for sustainable and measurable impact.

The programme…


An interview with Marion Busingye, CEO of Mohca Beauty and Skincare Ltd

Marion Etiang-Busingye, CEO Mohca Beauty & Skincare Ltd

Q: Could you give us some more information about your business and what services / products you offer?

A: We set up about 5 years ago with a focus on the shea butter that originates in Uganda. Most people know about shea butter that comes from West Africa, but not about the one which comes from Uganda. The shea butter from Uganda is specifically suitable for the skin, so I started making products made from this shea butter. I was primarily motivated by the fact my son was…


Q: Where is your business based and what do you do?

A: I am the Managing Director of Krystal Ice. We process organic fruits to make ice pops. We are located in Kampala. I started the business in January 2017. Currently, we are a team of 9.

Mrs. Linnet Akol, Managing Director of Krystal Ice

Q: What social impacts does your business aim to have?

A: We aim to reduce post-harvest losses from smaller farmers by providing a market for their fruits. By doing that, we are increasing their income and improving their livelihood. We are also providing employment for the youth in their communities. We also offer…


The Youth to Work program has been a life changer for me. Not just because of the many opportunities that come with it but also due to the great experiences that one gets as a Junior Associate. To be honest, Youth to Work has offered me more than I anticipated.

When I got to know about the Youth to Work program, I clearly knew it would be the best fit for me at the moment because it is a youth employability program. Youth to Work equips young people with competitive employability skills and also gives them a clear understanding of…


Since 2016, I have had the opportunity to work with charitable organizations that promoted the health and safety of women and children. Every day, I was exposed to acts of good service from people across the world who dedicated their time and effort to serve the less privileged. As a young graduate, my dream was to always have a pay cheque at the end of the month.

When the global pandemic hit, I was hit too. My contract had ended and I was stuck making phone calls seeking job offers. For about 6 months, I was at home with no…


In March every year, Ghana joins the world in commemorating International Women’s Day (IWD). As part of this year’s celebration, which was under the theme “Choose to Challenge”, Challenges Ghana partnered with the United Entrepreneurs Association, founded by Ms. Hilda Amonoo, to organise business training for women entrepreneurs in and around Pokuase, a suburb of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

A cross section of the training participants

The training, delivered on Friday, the 5th of March 2021, had female junior associates from the Standard Chartered Foundation funded “Youth To Work” programme, deliver sessions on Financial management, Sales and Marketing.

In attendance were 16 women entrepreneurs, 13 of whom…


In February 2021, we launched Making Work Work — for Women Returners with our partners, The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Lynn Houmdi. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and is a pilot of our approach of helping people who face barriers to finding or creating meaningful work which works with the other commitments and enjoyment of life. Lynn Houmdi, who is also the Project Manager, hosted panel of incredibly inspiring women at the launch on 8 February 2021, all of whom ably evidenced that there is no one right path and that it is possible to work…

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