Poor Teen With $14 Becomes Paper Bag King of Africa

Poor Teen With $14 Becomes Paper Bag King of Africa

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paper bag king of Uganda-Andrew Mupuya - CNNIn 2008, 16-year-old Andrew Mupuya was looking for opportunities because he had no way to pay for his schooling.

Suddenly, Ugandan officials announced they were considering a ban on plastic bags which had become a major source of pollution, so Mupuya, who was still in secondary school, immediately wondered if it made sense to launch a paper bag production company.

“I conducted a feasibility study, market research around retail shops, kiosks, supermarkets around Kampala and discovered there is need and potential market for paper bags.”

Today the young entrepreneur employs 16 people who produce up to 20,000 paper bags each week. His long list of clients includes restaurants, retail stores, supermarkets, medical centers, as well as multinational companies like Samsung.

(WATCH the video below or READ the story from CNN)

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  1. […] In 2008, 16-year-old Andrew Mupuya was looking for opportunities because he had no way to pay for his schooling. Suddenly, Ugandan officials announced they were considering a ban on plastic bags which had become a major source of pollution, so Mupuya, who was still in secondary school, immediately wondered if it made sense to launch a paper bag production company. Today the young entrepreneur employs 16 people who produce up to 20,000 paper bags each week, says CNN.  […]