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Ugandan women mean business!

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Ugandan businesswomen are showing the rest of the world how it’s done in an exciting new documentary by Glasgow-based film-maker, Carol Cooke.   Carol, who is herself a business woman running her very own production company, Scrumptious Productions, has just returned from a month long trip to Kampala where she met and filmed with a whole host of inspirational female entrepreneurs for her latest project, ‘Barefoot in Business’.

The documentary, which is due to go into production later next month, will follow three businesswomen as they battle it out to become the 2012 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Carol tells us: “I used to think I had it tough running my own business but that was until I went to Uganda and filmed with these amazing women who are putting me to shame on a daily basis with their efforts and enterprises!  So we want to show what it’s really like to a woman in business in 21st Century Uganda and, what it takes to be the best.  Is it a matter of making millions and building a business empire or simply making ends meet and making a difference in the face of incredible adversity.

We’ve filmed everywhere from Kabale to Kampala’s Owino Market with straw bag designers all the way through to funeral directors and every single woman we’ve met has been an inspiration so I can’t wait to get back over there to begin filming and capture this exciting awards process as it unfolds!

It was at the 2011 UK Uganda Convention where Carol came up with the idea for ‘Barefoot in Business’ outreach campaign which is due to launch in September 2012 and aims to link up the Ugandan Diaspora and other potential supporters from across the UK and beyond with these inspirational business women to help take their companies to a whole new level.
She explains: “When I was at the Convention I was able to see first hand just how passionate the Diaspora members were about returning home but also how challenging and frustrating this has proven to be in reality when it comes to getting a job or setting up their own companies and really building a life for themselves and their families.

And yet at the same time, there’s these amazing female entrepreneurs across Uganda with big ambitions for their businesses but no resources to realize them. I want this project to help bridge that gap and unite the Diaspora with organizations like UWEAL so that everyone can benefit and share their individual expertise and show the world that these women mean business!”

The first phase of the Barefoot in Business campaign went live in July in the form of a unique crowd funding website which will saw supporters of the project offered a variety of different rewards– from their very own film credit and VIP tickets to the premiere all the way through to postcards and souvenirs from Owino Market!

So if this is something you might
be interested in just visit
www.barefootinbusiness.com
or contact Carol directly on
carol@scrumptiousproductions.com
for more information.

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