that company’s information system. I
started by being the liaison between the
technical consultants and my company
(eliciting requirements, evaluating
modules developed, and the like). I later
joined the consulting company and began
to learn and develop windows information’s
systems using C# and MySQL.
It is from then on that I started to gain
confidence. This led me to apply to Carnegie
Mellon University Africa (CMU Africa) to
Joreen Arigye, a data analyst at Fenix International in Uganda, discusses how culture influences the work that she does. Fenix International is a company that provides lease-to-own solar home systems to people who are off the grid. They also provide inclusive digital financial technologies that are used by those with little to no
experience with technology.
This conversation shines a spotlight on a culture of resilience and grit—a determination
to persist despite circumstances. Arigye delves into the murky waters that are life decisions
and career transitions, and shares how Fenix has fostered a culture that compliments the
aspirations of the people that it serves.
LYNN KIRABO (LK): How did you get
started on your journey into computing?
JOREEN ARIG YE (JA): As a software
engineering major at Makerere University,
I was very accustomed to a scientific,
methodical way of doing things: Put in the
work and the results will reflect in equal
measure the effort exerted. This didn’t
seem to work the same in the corporate
world. My first job as a supply chain
management apprentice really illuminated
to me the things that I do not want or like
to engage in. My work was very routine,
and I felt my creativity being stifled day
by day. An interplay of company politics,
strategic positioning, and many other
dynamics presented a real challenge for
me. Bundled with family and personal
challenges, I fell into a depressive state for
one and a half years.
I set out to change my circumstances. I
engaged the consultants who were building
Joreen Arigye, a data analyst at Fenix International, shares her perspective
on the importance of culture in the workplace. Having grown up
directly connected to the typical Fenix customer, she has the ability to
contribute knowledgeably to validating results from models, analysis,
recommendations, and intervention strategies.
By Lynn Kirabo
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