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Hope Business School students help save lives in Uganda

Uganda Business School Thursday 7 July 2016

Four Business School students have spent a month in Fort Portal, Uganda, working to develop a life-saving product alongside Social Work and Business students from Salford University and Mountains of the Moon University.

"Clenz" is a hand-cleansing gel that will be made, produced and sold in Uganda by a new social enterprise. Hand cleansing is an important health issue in Uganda, where many illnesses are still generated by unwashed hands.

The students - Holly Wade, Abdurahman Yahye Nur, Magdalena Idzikowskg and Pauline Eckersley - are writing a business, marketing and an operational plan, which will form an important element in the new company’s sustainability.

Holly said: “The thing I enjoyed the most was working with new people of all ages and of different cultures - just sharing ideas. I loved going out into the town and doing market research, and seeing how the business world of marketing is completely different out there. 

“From the experience, I feel like I have a new perspective on life and I won't take anything for granted. I also feel like going to Uganda gave me a different outlook on my business studies, as the planning out there is more practical. Back in England I do a lot of mine on the internet rather than going out and seeing what's close to home.”

During their time in Fort Portal, the students consulted with all the main stakeholders, formulated a cost plan and worked with Ugandan students from Mountains of the Moon University to formulate a marketing strategy.

The students learnt a lot from the experience, which was enabled by Professor Louise Ackers and James Ackers-Johnson from the Knowledge for Change scheme, together with Liverpool Hope University Business School.

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