I can’t remember if we did anything at Khainza Energy in 2018. I believe, mostly, we just waited. It was a difficult year. I spent some months doing gigs at a really cool advertising agency around town.
The pay was lousy, but the job was really fun because everyone was super creative. I had a beautiful girlfriend. We never had any money most of the time. But I made many promises and we talked a lot (mostly I, she just listened).
We got evicted. She went to her sister’s. I went to my parents’ house. After about two weeks, I got a call from CURAD and eventually, they wrote me a cheque for UGX 2,000,000.
We moved to a new house. I started pushing proposals and prospecting for any work really. I got an opportunity to do a training (poultry, goats, piggery) at a refugee camp in West Nile. My salary would be UGX 100,000 per day.
A few times I’d travel 450km, reach home in the middle of the night (2 am). My girl would fix me a warm bath and meal while the world outside slept. I felt this was soo cool.
On one of these journeys, I came for a VISA application to travel to New York to interview for $80,000 from Echoing Green.
This is 2019. That was a very good year. We were introduced to AVSI and they got us opportunities to do some really great work around the country.
We started 2020 with a bang. Our biogas systems were commissioned by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Uganda. We had closed contracts worth up to $42,000 and we were set for a great year.
Then COVID happened. Our contracts were suspended. I stayed in with my girlfriend. We cooked, watched movies, played games, even started a home gym. I could tell we were growing apart cause we got irritable with each other.
So I started walking to office just to give her some space. Our business was again on the verge of collapse. I noticed that there were many bikes delivering cooking gas.
I decided to use the time to write proposals to all our sponsors and partners. USADF wrote us a cheque for $1,000 which we invested in Khainza Gas. They loved it and got us $10,000 more. We invested it exhaustively.
By this time, my girlfriend and I had broken up. I was devastated. But the business was really exciting though we were spending quite a lot of money getting into the market.
Six months later, Khainza Energy is a reputable brand with paying customers and staff on payroll. The company is almost independent now.
I don’t know how it all happened.
I can only admit and confess that there is definitely something supernatural out there which is determined to get us to certain level.
Today, we launched the #45KGS #KhainzaGas for Restaurants #KhainzaKiosks.
I’m now comfortably single. Our company is shaping up. It is awful lonely but I am finding God. And making money is a great painkiller for such things.
There’s no reward for success. If you make money, then you can spend it. That’s all.
I pray that we get the freedom to let go of strife.