Making Juice for a Fortune: Claire Mulindwa eyes Financial Independence

Priscilla Atwine

In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare is Claire Mulindwa’s favorite quote, “To be, or not to be? That is the question—Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them?”

It replicates her current strides to take on Juice making supplementing her teaching profession at his father Lawrence Mulindwa’s school St Mary’s Secondary School Kitende. For the idea of whether is it better to live or to leave is demonstrated in the amount of juice she sells daily to not only students but also consignments she makes at graduations, introduction and marriage ceremonies.

Claire Mulindwa Ndugwa Courtesy Photo

“The decision to start making juice was part of the initiatives I had to start up my own business. It makes me feel comfortable to supplement my income,” She says. Mulindwa grew up at her parents’ home in Lweza along Entebbe road and “we were greatly encouraged to work hard and for ourselves.”

Mulindwa narrates that her initial set up for juice making came up in 2017 when she identified an opportunity at Kitende. At that time, she was a teacher. “We started off and sold off glasses of juice at school each at UGX 2000. The only advantage has always been that I had ready market from the students and teachers within the school,” she says.

She however experienced setbacks when she got married ad pregnant in 2018 and suspended the squeezing of juice until she delivered and cared for the initial stage of child growth.

“By the time I returned, I had lost almost all the work I had initially done. I realized I had to start again and engage in the business. I have come to celebrate the tremendous achievement and growth with my Sparkling Juice .”

Some of the employees of Sparkling Juice in Entebbe recently PHOTO BY GSA

Mulindwa celebrates advancing with better juice making machines from a paltry UGX 20 million she initially started with. She now serves juice to several functions each weekend while St Mary’s Kitende SS and the St Mary’s Stadium, the home of Vipers Sports Club are her main market places for juice.

Both Kitende St Mary’s SS and the Stadium house more than 5,000 people every week served with juice while both institution activities take on. “I estimate up to UGX 400,000 earned every day. With a reduction of UGX 200,000 input, I end up making up to at least UGX 200,000.” She says.

Some of the Male employees at Sparkling Juice at Perenial Beach in Entebbe PHOTO BY GSA

She currently employs more than 10 people in the production and distribution of the juice. She ow advises young people to engage in such income generating activities to be business initiators and not only being employed.

“Be clean, treat people well, with respect and understand the market trends.”

She now supplements juice making with tea, coffee varieties including cappuccino. This according to Mulindwa will take Sparkling juice further to meet customers demands.

Categories of juice she makes

  • Mango Juice
  • Passion Fruit Juice
  • Beetroot
  • Lemon
  • Cocktail
  • Orange

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