Life changing experience
Finally, in September 2022 I embarked on my journey. In hindsight, it was perfect timing.
MoneyMinded gives people the tools to allow them to manage their money better. However, during a time of crisis (such as the global pandemic), people are not thinking about those tools. They are thinking, how do I survive?
In 2022 the harsh financial effects of the pandemic were over and people in Uganda were figuring out their ‘new normal’. This is a perfect time to start planning for the future.
The MoneyMinded training was so important to their community and the uptake was outstanding.
I asked the team to cap the attendance to 40 people per training session. The team leaders didn’t quite manage to do that – my largest class was over 110 participants.
I taught MoneyMinded to 565 people in total, across three weeks. Participants ranged in age from 18-65 years.
I ran nine sessions. Some of them more truncated and others were a full day. The content was largely the same, but I adapted the courses a little to suit each audience.
One of the biggest challenges was making sure the content suited the specific audience.
I had a mix of participants who were fluent in English and those where I used a translator to assist. They ranged from high school students to the care-giving women, to the leadership team and teachers – all with varying levels of education, backgrounds and income.
One of my most powerful memories was seeing all the “light bulb moments” go off in the sessions. They really started to comprehend the content and improve their financial decision making.