Love-related businesses are experiencing a boom as we are in the season of love.
Haphy Kaweesi, 24, who spoke with Matooke Republic, claims that she was forced to start selling scented candles because she had trouble finding work after graduating from university.
The young entrepreneur, who has a degree in industrial psychology, says she picked up the idea of how to make candles by watching a love story.
With over two years of experience in the handmade candle industry, Kaweesi, the proprietor of Aroma Luxury Candles has always looked forward to Valentine’s Day with palpable anticipation. This is because of the financial windfall that occurs when scented red candles, which are known to be a universal symbol of love, sell like hotcakes.
She reveals that this month is usually jam-packed with bonuses and action.
“We are hoping this year’s Valentine’s Day will be profitable for the scented or non-scented candle vendors. There is a reason for optimism given that we have started receiving orders for dinner candles or scented ones ahead of lover’s day,” says Kaweesi.
Kaweesi told us that since Sunday her mood lightened up as potential customers started calling her for candles and others promising to pick some on Valentine’s Day.
She explained that she is sure she is going to make money this Valentine’s Day because candle sales went up during last year’s Lovers’ Day, as the president eased COVID-19 restrictions and economic activities gained momentum, foreshadowing improved profit margins for small-scale traders.
On such a day in Uganda, young and old lovers lavish themselves with gifts like candle dinners, flowers, clothing, and exotic vacations.