How do you see social entrepreneurship contributing to the improvement of developing countries?
Social entrepreneurship is very important in both seemingly developed countries and developing counties. Entrepreneurship is the backbone of any economy but social enterprise allows people to earn a living for themselves whilst taking in to account the needs of others. This is important financially, socially and environmentally. Many developing countries receive much needed aid but this can result in a hand out society, social enterprise set up in developing counties can allow people to fend for themselves whilst helping people in their country and community, this encourages independence, empowerment and sustainable development. Therefore social enterprise in developing counties can improve the mindsets of people, education, finances and the future of that country. Social enterprises can also be carried out in more developed counties with the social aspect helping developing counties, this produces a nice tie between the two.
What aspects of your stay in Uganda as part of the competition do you think you will find most challenging and rewarding?
All travel is rewarding, exciting, challenging and memorable. Travelling to a country such as Uganda which is worlds apart from my life in ireland would be an experience, maybe a challenging one at times but definitely rewarding and life changing one. You cannot visit Africa without it affecting you in many ways - poverty, pain, smiling faces, loud music, bright colours, sandy roads, wildlife, Uganda is a country with many conflicts. Temperature, humidity, living conditions and food can be challenging yet part of the adventure but people, local life and seeing local enterprise will be more of a reward then any challenge faced. Meeting not only locals but the other Join our Core applicants will be inspiring and possibly allow for strong inter country collaborations, which is the future of business. Bringing back stories of the trip to Ireland will be important for Irish people to better understand life in Uganda, in all it's challenges and glory