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Vinay Nawani and Tara Walker

Business Administration
Master’s students, John Molson School of Business
Vinay Nawani and Tara Walker

Tara and Vinay interviewed small business owners in Gulu, Uganda, to track the real costs of frequent power grid blackouts

When the power goes out, as it frequently does in Gulu, Uganda, staying open for business becomes a significant and often expensive challenge for small business owners. Tara Walker and Vinay Nawani tracked the real costs of a blackout by interviewing 170 restaurateurs, gas station owners, retailers, grain millers and others. They’re passing their findings on to Uganda’s government, academics, business community and hydroelectric company as the framework for a discussion on how best to help businesses, and consumers, prosper.

Why Concordia is the right place for Walker: “If you have a vision for what you want to do, you’ll find resources and support to make it happen.”

Why Concordia is the right place for Nawani: “There are so many opportunities here. The biggest challenge becomes grabbing as many of them as you can.”

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