Jamila Mayanja, Ugandan social entrepreneur and changemaker, started her entrepreneurial journey at a very young age. While still in high school, Jamila joined every club and cabinet that made a difference and realized her own passion for youth empowerment and making a difference in young people’s lives.

In 2012, Jamila realized her passion was social entrepreneurship and quit her nine-to-five job to start her own business. Smart Girls Uganda is an organization that aims to empower women through trainings and programs that build their self-esteem.

Soon after, seeking to tackle the problem from its roots, Jamila launched a Father-Daughter dance fundraising event to spread awareness about the impact of good parenting and strong father figures on young girls.

Jamila went on to launch another social enterprise, J Mobile Home Services, a Ugandan initiative that curbs unemployment among the youth in Kampala by providing door to door services and offering entrepreneurship training to help entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses.

Jamila’s objective is to empower women and young people to launch their own businesses, and provide jobs for over 1000 other young people in Uganda with the aim of breaking the “unemployment cycle”.