UTAMU Has Greatly Contributed To Growth Of My Business (2)

At only 22 years of age, Priscah Kamutuhaire, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at UTAMU has an art and crafts business running. She commends UTAMU for exposing her to a lot of opportunities and nurturing her innovative and entrepreneurial skills.

Priscah Kamutuhaire, Computer Science at UTAMU

“UTAMU has helped me learn how to do research about how to improve my products and business at large. I learned how to market my products and business on social media and create a website for my business through the training I attained at UTAMU,” says Kamutuhaire.

She further praises UTAMU for exposing her to a lot of opportunities and nurturing her innovative and entrepreneurial skills. “UTAMU has exposed me to a lot of opportunities and I have acquired more skills. For starters I barely knew a thing about programming when I joined but that has since changed and I can proudly say I am a skilled programmer. I also happened to meet various inspirational people (in the business world) during the many fellowships and workshops attended and some have bought my products”.

Below is the full interview

Who is Priscah Kamutuhaire?

Priscah, 22, is the last born in a family of 11. I am passionate about computing and art; a passion I developed when I joined Bweranyangi Girls' Senior Secondary School in Bushenyi in 2008. This has shaped me into the person I am today, a computer scientist with an eye for art. I also happen to have a great affinity for animals. I love pets and I am an animal rights activist. Besides that, I am a hardworking, God-fearing and a self-motivated woman on a quest for success.

Which course are you doing at UTAMU?

Priscah: I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science

What attracted you to study at UTAMU?

Priscah:  The reputation of the professors at UTAMU such as Prof. Jude Lubega

Is there anything special UTAMU has contributed or exposed you to in your life/career ever since you started studying from there?

Priscah: UTAMU has exposed me to a lot of opportunities and I have learnt a lot of skills here. For starters I barely knew a thing about programming when I joined but that has since changed and I can proudly say I am a skilled programmer. I also happened to meet various inspirational people (in the business world) during the many fellowships and workshops attended.

You have an art and crafts business, tell us about it.

Priscah: Mine is an art and crafts business which mainly deals in making paper art pieces with a blend of a few other materials. I use paper from newspapers, magazines, recycled paper and sometimes cloth to create my pieces. In short, I give life and purpose to forgotten paper. My inspiration is drawn from my everyday encounters; nature, magazines, newspapers and the internet. You can actually see this in my designs. My business is to the bigger extent conducted online, mostly on social media at the moment. I plan on setting up a website and gallery from where I’ll be able to sell my products. I sell my pieces to everybody; organizations, individuals, families, you name it. I also deal in interior design; with a touch of craft.

Some of the art pieces by Priscah Kamutuhaire. She makes the pieces from used newspapers, magazines and sometimes clothes.

What was your driving force to start that business?

Priscah: My passion for art and crafts is the main driving force. But in addition to that, the fact that newspapers and other paper is disposed of in our environment every single day.

What is the target audience for your business?

Priscah: Anyone who is inspired by art and beauty.

In what ways can UTAMU assist you to better your business/innovation?

Priscah:  I would love to expand my business through marketing and growth but I have limited funds and manpower therefore I would greatly appreciate any assistance rendered in that regard.

Did the training attained at UTAMU in any way motivate or contribute to you starting the business?

Priscah:  Yes, it did. UTAMU has helped me learn how to do research about how to improve my products and business at large. I learned how to market my products and business on social media and create a website for my business through the training I attained at UTAMU.

What is your perception about the teaching and learning model of UTAMU?

Priscah: It’s different; but efficient and convenient. One can pursue his or her education while working because of the flexible schedules and online teaching sessions provided by the university.

What is your philosophy in life?

Priscah:  Never worry about a situation you are in if you can or cannot do anything about it.

What message would you give to your fellow students?

Priscah: Life is what you make it. You are the driver of your own life therefore no one should let any circumstance or another person drive their lives. Goals are always hard to achieve for people with small minds. Set a goal and look for all possible ways to achieve it.

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