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Kyambogo students in a drive to make sanitizer

By Ivan Kabuye

Added 15th July 2020 07:44 PM

Nasasila calls upon fellow youth not to just sit home and wait for school to resume but to think out of the box and make good use of the time they have.

Kyambogo students in a drive to make sanitizer

Denimas Wafula adding alcohol during the manufacturing process. Photos by Ivan Kabuye.

Nasasila calls upon fellow youth not to just sit home and wait for school to resume but to think out of the box and make good use of the time they have.

INNOVATION | EDUCATION | COVID-19

As the hope of reopening schools and Universities remain uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kyambogo University students pursuing Bachelors of Science Technology (chemistry) have taken it upon themselves to make sanitisers as a way of earning a living.

Following the president's directives for all people to wash their hands with soap or use sanitizer, the group came up with the innovation of making sanitizer using local products.

Before the pandemic, Mark Kimuli, Janet Nasasila and Denimus Wafula used to earn a living through making Liquid soap, supplying it to students in hostels.

Nasasila the executive director of Janel product Limited located at Kyaliwajala says when universities closed, they were left with no market since students were there main customers.

 

Wafula with Nasasila manufacturing sanitizer


"We had to source a living elsewhere and the only one way we would was making sanitizer," she states.

She adds that they make 20 liters of sanitizer a day, selling a small sized bottle at sh2500.

Challenges

Nasasila says ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, a number of  people and companies have been producing sanitizers making the market a bit stiff and competitive hence earning less.

She adds that costs of the materials they use also shoot up, for example they used to buy plastic bottles at sh1500 each but they now purchase it at sh5000.

 

Wafula with Kirumila putting stickers on the ready product


Seizing the moment

The global pandemic has jeopardized the economy globally leaving many jobless. Nasasila calls upon fellow youth not to just sit home and wait for school to resume but to think out of the box and make good use of the time they have.












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