The Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa Foundation (TRAF) marks the 10-year TRAF internship in Uganda, a program implemented mainly by Leaf Tobacco and Commodities (U) LTD owned by the millionaire philanthropist.
Enrolling an average of six interns a year, students from Ugandan universities and technical colleges gain hands-on experience in such fields as electrical installation, machine-fitting, electronics, management, accounting, supply-chain management, and logistics.
Leading universities and technical colleges that benefited from this program include Makerere University, Makerere University Business School, Kyambogo University, Nkumba University, Uganda Christian University, Ndejje University, among others.
“Our most prominent former interns include electrical and industrial engineers, and finance managers in leading Ugandan companies, such as Umeme, Uganda’s main electricity distribution company. We have achieved excellent results, but of course, there is always room to improve” said Cathy Nabikindu, the Human Resources Manager at Leaf Tobacco and Commodities (U) LTD .
Once onboard, students undergo training under the supervision of Leaf Tobacco and Commodities (U) LTD, as well as the sponsoring institutions. The company and the sponsoring institutions issue a joint certification upon each intern’s completion of the program.
The Ugandan model is an inspiring realization of Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa of giving back to the community. Through TRAF, Ayabatwa envisioned creating a foundation that focuses on helping those closest to his heart: African youth with drive and determination seeking opportunities to gain skills for improved employability.
Rujugiro’s Panafrican Tobacco Group (PTG) operates across Sub-Saharan Africa in western, central, eastern, and southern Africa in 7 countries, namely, in Angola, Burundi, DR Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The industrialist turned philanthropist was recently named as one of the top 10 East African business leaders.