The History of Gustro
Every company has a beginning. This is ours.
Beginning of the road
In 1979, Mr. Augustine Lusiba was working for Printing and Packaging Coorporation, Nairobi, Kenya as the Sales Manager. The company dealt in the sale of packaging materials and labels.
After leaving Printing and Packaging Coop, Mr. Lusiba was unemployed and it was at this time that he decided to start his own company.
Gustro Limited was registered as a small company in 1979 and occupied a single room in Kenda House on Tom Mboya Street in Nairobi. Mr. Lusiba was armed with motivation and one box of books. He knew little about the book trade but his passion for learning and reading was enough to get him to sell all the books in that box.
The Gustro seed had now been planted.
Growing steadily in Kampala
Ten years later, as the General Manager of Hot Loaf Bakery in Kampala, Gustro was still on Mr. Lusiba’s mind. He ordered his first consignment of books from Oxford University Press, 20 boxes of New Oxford English Course (NOEC, now obsolete).
With Gustro as his private business & working after hours, Mr. Lusiba hired 3 employees to promote the sale of OUP publications within Kampala.
In June 1992, he left Hot Loaf Bakery and started full time as the Managing Director of Gustro Limited. Mr. Lusiba acquired storage facilities on Jinja Road, and later managed to sublet a shop in Madhvani Building.
In 1993, Gustro Limited was appointed an official distributor of Oxford University Press publications in Kampala, in addition to their head office at Kisozi Complex, Nakasero.
In 2003 OUP closed and Gustro Limited became the sole authorized distributor of Oxford publications in Uganda.
As time went on, Gustro grew from strength to strength as Mr. Lusiba built relationships with other publishers and book sellers in the country.
After the acquisition of a piece of land in Old Kampala, Mr. Lusiba and the directors of Gustro Limited set out to lay the foundation of a building that would house the company.
With patience and a good relationship with our bankers, Gustro successfully completed construction and as they say, the rest is history.
Comprised of 4 floors, Gustro Book Centre is a stable, spacious and secure building.
The bookshop, located on the ground floor, is the wholesale section of the company.
The Book Centre on the 1st floor offers books & learning aids at retail.
Gustro Limited has succeeded in establishing an expanding a profitable market for books and publications, and is one of the leading book distributors in Uganda.
We are looking to grow our business further through several projects we have in our sights. With technology changing every day, Gustro Limited cannot lag behind.
In bettering our own business processes, we address providing our customers with faster and more efficient service delivery.
The future of Gustro is sparking with opportunity and we at Gustro are ready to ignite that flame.