Lessons learned: Phiona Nakayenga’s experience and hardship in Kuwait

Lessons learned: Phiona Nakayenga's experience and hardship in Kuwait

A recent article published in our media on how a Ugandan individual  by the names Phiona Nakayenga who faced significant challenges and hardships while residing in Kuwait. This personal account sheds light on the difficulties encountered by some Ugandans abroad and serves as a lesson for others seeking opportunities in foreign lands.

The article narrates the story of this individual, highlighting the unfortunate circumstances she faced and the subsequent consequences.

Further this story emphasizes the importance of being well-informed and prepared when venturing into unfamiliar territories, as cultural, legal, and employment differences can present unexpected challenges.

In this particular case, Phiona Nakayenga encountered difficulties related to employment and her rights as a foreign worker.

Meanwhile this article underscores the significance of understanding labor laws, contractual agreements, and employment conditions in the destination country before embarking on such journeys.

Furthermore It serves as a cautionary tale, urging individuals to conduct thorough research and seek advice from relevant authorities or organizations to ensure their rights and well-being are protected.

The story of Phiona Nakayenga is one of those reminders that the grass is greener where it is watered . Being a school droop out  she was unemployed till early 2015 when she started working as an attendant in a boutique.

However the money she took home was however simply not enough to put food on the table for herself and children.

The lack of start up capital proved to be an insurmountable stumbling block prompting her to develop ideas of labour exports from Uganda.

In 2015 a number of laborers exported to the Middle East rose to 13,479 and among them Phiona Nakayenga was among them.

“ I was told I would be paid  Shs 900,000 per month . I felt that if I worked for a year ,I would be able to raise at least Shs 9 million to start up business and to look after myself and children.”

However things didn’t go as planned the pay was much lower than she had been promised.

Consequently the work load and working conditions made matters worse as the family she was working for was very big coupled with working for friends too.

Meanwhile her tale to return followed an all too familiar script as relatives back here had to raise money to get her an air ticket .

Meanwhile hardly six months Phiona was back home and four years later after president Museveni launched the Emyooga program that Phiona was among those lined up to receive financial inclusion.