Meet Noella Kabale, the 25-year old refugee entrepreneur from Kampala
18 September 2017

Noella (right) with her four friends in their tailoring shop (Teo Skeaping, Open University UK)
The services I benefited from JRS helped me a lot. The trainings helped me to follow-up my dreams to be independent and self-reliant. Before these trainings I had doubts and hesitations to start and maintain the business of my choice due to the lack of appropriate tools and knowledge but now I have built self-esteem to proceed in my life and my business

Ms. Noella Kabale, a 25-year-old refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has lived in Kampala since 2012. She has benefitted from different JRS services: English language, Fashion & Design and entrepreneurship trainings. Noella says this about the services she got from JRS Kampala: “The services I benefited from JRS helped me a lot. The trainings helped me to follow-up my dreams to be independent and self-reliant. Before these trainings I had doubts and hesitations to start and maintain the business of my choice due to the lack of appropriate tools and knowledge but now I have built self-esteem to proceed in my life and my business”.

Together with her four friends, Noella used her social networking skills acquired through the JRS business management program to form a youth led community based organization whose main aim is to equip refugee youth and most vulnerable host community youth in Kampala with vocational skills in order to enable them to improve their livelihoods. Together, they also started “refugeenow_kampala”, a youth lead initiative that aims to market refugee products and boost their potential through the internet.

Noella is an example of a refugee youth whose commitment and participation in the entrepreneurship training program gained foresight; informed and developed her large network of contacts. She no longer relies on other people to prepare loan applications or, to tell her the meaning of a financial statement.

By Christina Zetlmeisl,
Programmes Officer, JRS Kampala







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