- It helps us to know that participants are truly committed to learning process. In our pilot, we offered these services for free and were disappointed by the number of drop-outs. We don’t want to waste our time with leaders who aren’t serious about their ventures.
- Even for an NGO, money doesn’t grow on trees! By getting a small percentage of our costs covered by ventures, it means we can support a few more. Plus, it helps us demonstrate to more funders that beneficiaries really value our work – to get more funding.
All this being said, we do not want the commitment fee to prohibit young people from accessing our services. This is why we have kept it at only UGX 100,000, which should be affordable for all.
The larger payment of an additional UGX 1,200,000 is only for ventures who have become extremely successful, and can afford to give back in future years to support more of their peers following in their path.