YEP Beneficiary: Tony Ayebare, IT Graduate Ventures into Starting The First Online Butchery
Tony Ayebare is a youth that ventured into starting the first online butchery in Uganda. He business has since taken off well.
In another youth empowerment program profile articles, we briefly look at Tony Ayebare who has founded an Online Butchery to connect meat buyers to butcheries so they can order fresh meats of all kinds and have it delivered to their doorstep.
Ayebare is the fourth winner of the MTN for Good campaign as well as listed as one of the beneficiaries of the MTN Uganda Foundation youth empowerment program (YEP). Ayebare says he used the MTN for Good challenge as a disguised opportunity to invest his Information Technology knowledge into developing a fresh meat delivery app, Online Butchery.
According to Ayebare, “Back in 2018, I wanted to eat meat but I could not easily get it because I was staying far from the butchery.” Thus, the Information Technology graduate was forced to invent Uganda’s first online butchery to fill the gap that was standing between him and fresh meat. Now his platform is connecting meat buyers to butcheries and have meat delivered to their places of reach.
“We have a variety of meat such as goat, beef, lamb, rabbit and fish so you can order any meat of your choice and have it delivered to your doorstep. We particularly ensure that the meat is organic with no chemicals and we offer reliability,” explains Ayebare.
Ayebare’s platform has growing steadily despite the initial discouragement he got from many skeptical people.
“In the beginning many people didn’t believe in the idea but I sank all my effort into my dream and for close to three years now, the business has taken off and it is slowly paying off,” Ayebare says.
Ayebare has a broad vision for his company and he intends to make the online butchery a household name. He also dreams of becoming a big meat exporter in the East African region and beyond.
If you have an idea, Ayebare advises you to start. Otherwise, it only remains an idea. He also maintains that you don’t need lots of money to start a business but rather, a proper plan and commitment. He for instance started with UGX150,000 for buying a domain name, approached butcheries with good meat and discussed the possibility of helping them sale their meat for a commission, which they gladly agreed to. And now, his platform is a reality.
As a winner of the For Good campaign, Ayebare is receiving support from MTN —including a fully paid for business mentorship program that is already ongoing, to will help him manage his company better.
Ayebare will receive support from MTN including a fully paid for business mentorship program that is already ongoing, to will help him manage his company better.
MTN Uganda launched the MTN for Good campaign with the intention of awakening youth to the fact that they can achieve their dreams if they pursue them. To participate in the campaign, the youths were required to submit a one minute video in which they talked about their enterprise and where they would like to take it. So did Ayebare take part which saw him emerge among winners and now listed as beneficiary of YEP.
The YEP was launched through MTN’s foundation arm, MTN Foundation, that the telco could skill 100 youths, equipping them with the right practical knowledge and skills that will enable them to provide innovative ICT solutions to solve community problems amidst the evolving digital world.
In an interview with MTN Uganda General Manager Corporate Services, Ms. Enid Edroma, said; “YEP is an initiative by MTN Foundation Uganda to invest in the country’s biggest social capital that is the youth to enable them not only to contribute positively to the growth and development of this country but to also enable them to create employment through equipping them with the necessary job skills.”
The selected 100 youth plus the winners of the MTN for Good competition, will receive technology training in the key thematic areas of: Agriculture, Education, Health, Technology and Youth Empowerment .