James is a University Lecturer and Shamila a Senior Executive Coach. We first came to Uganda in 2017 for work and were on a year long contract. We ended up staying for 4 years and welcomed our son Makai, in 2018 at Nakasero hospital, Kampala, Uganda.
As UK nationals and western citizens we were used to the concept of being able to turn to the welfare state if we were ever in need. Additionally, as life long believers and users of the National Health Service in the UK we knew first hand how much of a positive impact not having to worry about medical bills can have on every aspect of an individuals life. Living in Kampala opened our eyes up to what happens when there is no safety net.
Tulinawe is not an attempt to save the world and we have no political leanings or agenda. Our aim is to empower individuals within the community to identify what they need to set up sustainable businesses, and supporting them in making it real.