BY MARIA EYORU
Uganda Christian University (UCU) has commissioned Eunice Guest House Bakery that is worth sh400m.
The bakery was officially launched by the Vice Chancellor the Rev Dr John Senyonyi on January 3 at a function held at the Main Campus in Mukono.
The bakery is geared towards producing confectionaries like buns, loaves of bread, and cakes that will feed the entire UCU community. The equipment for the Bakery and the renovation and expansion of the Guest house, plus the remodeling of the kitchen cost over sh 400m.
Among the new equipment, that was purchased for the project was an oven which has four chambers with a baking capacity of 52 loaves of bread each, bringing the total to 208 loaves per baking, and giving an opportunity for the bakery to serve the community outside the University.
“We hope to serve schools, and supermarkets with our products,” said Mrs Vanessa Evans Nuwera Ngango, the hospitality officer.
In his speech, Dr. Senyonyi said the idea of a University bakery started long time ago. “We have for years been discussing how we can raise revenue other than from students’ tuition,” he said.
“I want the guesthouse to become an independent entity that makes some profit so that the University can enjoy the profit however small, but I believe it can grow into millions,” he said.
Ngango added that the journey and growth of the bakery started in 2013 when she was employed to take care of the Guesthouse. By the time, she was not sure whether she would accomplish it. “I was asked during the interview how I would manage a small hotel and I promised to grow it,” she said.
The guesthouse journey started with Ngago and another staff looking after visitors and later extended to catering for the University meetings. “Today we are extending our services to the community of students. Our main aim is to serve,” she emphasised.
She also told The Standard that the bakery will benefit the students pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. This will be achieved through working together with the Business Faculty to ensure that the students benefit through the short term courses as well as practical experience.
Nango said, “In five years’ time, the students will leave with great skills obtained from the bakery. My desire is that students see and experience the things and use them to bless the community when they leave,” she said.