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Jua Kali is the place to shop this weekend

By Carol Kasujja

Added 10th December 2016 12:25 PM

If you want simple and beautiful items at an affordable price, this is the place to be. The good news is that entrance is free. Just be armed with cash.

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One of exhibiters Jackie Kasujja from Sema Designs displaying items during the East African Community Jua kali Exhibition at lugogo KCCA Grounds on December 9, 2016. Photos by Mary Kansiime

If you want simple and beautiful items at an affordable price, this is the place to be. The good news is that entrance is free. Just be armed with cash.

The Jua Kali/Ngovu Kazi 17th East African Exhibition is on at the Lugogo grounds on Jinja Road in Kampala.

It has attracted participates from Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

If you want simple and beautiful items at an affordable price, this is the place to be. The good news is that entrance is free. Just be armed with cash.

 roject anager of ast frican ommunity ua ali xhibition ichard uteti during the ast frican ommunity ua ali exhibition at ugogo  rounds on ecember 9 2016 Project Manager of East African Community Jua Kali Exhibition, Richard Muteti during the East African Community Jua Kali exhibition at Lugogo KCCA Grounds on December 9, 2016.

 
“We have over 750 participates from five countries and we are calling upon the public to come and support our local indigenous entrepreneurs. We come together to showcase our products, share technology, show innovation and expose our talents to the East Africa Market,” said Richard Muteti, the regional project manager of the East African Country Jua Kali.

Muteti says that people should start buying these locally made goods because they are better than those manufactured in China.

 


“So many people are despising our goods out of ignorance. We have people who are retired and they blame themselves for not joining the Jua Kali when they were still strong. The weather this time has not been so good to us, because when it rains, buyers do not want to step in mud, the government of Uganda should support us by budgeting for publicity,”Muteti noted.

Jua Kali is offering customers value for money, clothes have never been this cheap. Children clothes cost from sh15,000-20,000. Children from one year can get clothes, and shoes.

 
Our counterparts from Burundi have a variety of products on offer with leather wallets going for 50,000 to 100,000. There is also a wide collection of accessories like cushions covers, necklaces, earrings, unique necklaces and bangles.

Go and enjoy the variety there is, with items at an affordable price. One major problem at the Expo is that most exhibitors from Rwanda and Burundi cannot speak English. Only Swahili.

“Ever since the expo opened up on Wednesday we have not been making money. We have been getting a low turn up. But we hope it picks up this weekend,” said Jackie Kasujja of Sema designs.


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