Growing up in Kapchorwa, Eastern Uganda, Titus worked alongside the rest of his family growing vegetables to put food on the table and bring in a modest income. When Titus was only nine years old, his father died suddenly leaving his mother to care for their five children alone. Titus and his siblings continued to plant matooke, beans and other local crops to pay school fees, but it was never quite enough, and the family ultimately had to sell some of their land to continue sending the children to school.

The hardships that Titus’ family endured to support his continuing education inspired him to be an advocate so that other youth would have the same opportunities. He attended one of Educate!’s hands-on Experience Association teacher trainings and decided to reach out to Educate!’s Regional Program Officer to ask about how he could join in the movement. His motivation and deep commitment to mentoring other youth was evident, and he was soon asked to join the Educate! team as a Youth Business Experience (YBE) Fellow and Mentor in the Kapchorwa region. Titus has seen his leadership skills and confidence grow immensely over the course of 2014.

As a Mentor, he has learned to manage and motivate large groups and has developed tools to engage with different types of people using creativity, respect and friendship. Through YBE, Titus has gained insights about starting a business and overcoming the challenges faced by start-up enterprises. Since joining Educate!, Titus has helped his mother grow her milk production business exponentially, which has provided financial stability and peace of mind for their family. Titus also hopes to start a lending business in the near future.

Through YBE he has received planning advice and guidance from a financial services company to help him achieve his goal. In these ways, Titus exemplifies the goal of the mentorship program by guiding and inspiring members of his community while continuing to build himself as a leader and entrepreneur.