Arua town has over the years been growing from the time of Arua Boys and to date, their legacies remain fresh.
The Arua Boys, which incidentally included ladies also, moved from Arua to Kampala to buy goods as they could spend three days travelling on the road although with the Lord’s Resistance Army Insurgency. However, the insurgency did not stop them from engaging in economic activities. They carried small goods on their bicycles, heads as they traversed the town for market.
Their efforts have been emulated by the current traders in the town who continue to brave the sun heat and cold weather to trade in order to develop the town. Here are some of the pictorials of economic activities in Arua town.
A man vending bags in Arua town as most of them move deep in the villages looking for survival. Most youths in the town are employed by the business owners and they earn through commission. But some of them have progressed and established businesses. Photo by Felix
A man prepares to get on his bicycle as he carries bags of sugar from Arua main market and heading to DRCongo via Vurra Customs. Most Congolese depend on Ugandan goods. Photo Felix
A bicycle loaded with goods in Arua town. Most small-scale traders do use bicycles as a source of transportation of goods. Even the famous Arua boys carried their goods on bicycles before acquiring vehicles. Photo by Felix
Arua traders board a car to head to a market in Ariwara town in DRCong. The proximity of Arua town has enabled the town to grow due to the cross-border trade. Photo by Aluma Aribo.
Businessman Emmanuel Ajedra with his machines at the Juice Processing Factory on Rhino Camp. He also started small but has now grown his business by establishing the factory. Photo by Aluma Aribo.
Some of the women working at construction site at Muni University in Arua district. And in the past, the women were not engaged in construction work, but recently, many of them have found fortunes in doing the construction work for the development of Arua town and to fend for their families. Photo by Aluma Aribo.
A man sipping soda at the shop of a businesswoman in Mvara trading center. Most women engage in businesses which they have been able to pay school fees, construct houses and pay medical bills. The women are instrumental in any business and growth of Arua town. Photo by Felix