Located in the heart of Kampala, Uganda, in the bustling neighborhood of Kisimenti, you’ll find Kampala Fair’s flagship store. Walk into the quaint store and you’ll be greeted by the smiling face of Ruth.
Ruth has been working for Kampala Fair, a fashion and interior design company, since 2012. As one of the company’s first employees, Ruth joined the company as a rug maker and then a sales associate.
Due to her diligent work ethic and eye for detail, Ruth was soon promoted to oversee quality control for the brand. All the skills learned during her time at the company helped propel her to the senior position of Store Manager.
A married mother of three, Ruth is a member of Uganda's Teso tribe and is originally from Tororo.
Tororo is a town in the Eastern Region of the country. It is the main municipal, administrative, and commercial center of Tororo District. Like most Ugandan districts, the district is named after its largest town. Learn more about Tororo.
To say Ruth loves her job is an understatement. Her sunny personality and beaming smile lets you know that she values working for a brand’s whose mission is to empower women. She credits this innovative company for helping her to better support her family financially. Due to her increased salary she was able to purchase a home for her beloved mother. However, her proudest achievement has been the ability to afford the tuition payments for her children’s education.
In Uganda parents pay for their children’s education from the age of 6 (primary school) until age of 18 (secondary education). Payments are broken up over three times a year. In a country where 23 percent of head of households have no formal education, this is often a financial burden for families with low income. Often the fees exceed the household income and as a result children are often forced out of the education system.
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