Ogwang Denis 54 years from Alebere parish abolet village Barr Sub County in Lira district
We have lived here for 30 years and have 6 children with 1 grandchild. Life here has been difficult especially during the Lord’s Resistance Army war.
We have since childhood derived our livelihood from agriculture and specifically tilling of land. We used to undertake farming using different methods that we were used to and saw our fore fathers using, although we never realized any changes in the farm output.
However the story changed in 2011 when we were selected by Kulika Uganda and we were trained in Sustainable Organic Agriculture. We adopted practices like growing crops in line, not burning the field, making nursery beds for vegetables among others.
Through the groups, we are able to bulk our crops and keep it in our nice store as we wait for prices to get better to enable us sell. The VSLA Activities the group and pay back later, through this arrangement I have been able to access money and pay fees for my children because I sell produce and get more money as a result of selling with others.
We now eat well as we grow vegetables like tomatoes, pumpkin, fruits like mangoes and we eat as well as sell some. This has also helped to bring some more money.
Bito Okino is 58 year old female that belongs to note teko group, Adem village in Adem parish Chegere Sub County Apac district. She has 10 acres of land on which she grows simsim, soya, beans, Cassava, sun flower and maize.
“I joined Kulika in 2011 and since then I have benefited from the training and the group activities. I now know when to plant crops and harvest in time, I have many friends around here and beyond in other groups because of the exposure visits that we undertake.
I borrowed money from the group and used it to buy some 2 goats and started my small home shop to sale soda and some other items like soap and this has improved my family and supported me to buy stuff like stationery for my grandchildren, paying school fees for my son who is in senior six as well as meet the basic family requirements. The money I get from the shop and selling of produce some people to help me in the garden work like land preparation, planting, weeding and harvesting.
During group saving days, I take my some of the items I sell like sodas, salt etc. group members usually buy from me and I then I save the money I earn on such days with the group.
Rose Onduri is 50 year old widow in alela village abunga parish barr sub county in barr sub county Lira district and a member of my Anyim pogeo group.
She has 4 acres of land on which she grows sun flower, maize, cassava but sunflower has the highest yields?????? How much: and what were the yields before the training????
Before I joined Kulika, the farming practices that we were using were not yielding much, for example I used to get …. Of simsim, ---- of maize, … of sunflower, …. Of cassava. But when we joined the Kulika training programme in 2011, the story changed for example the yield increased to ---- simsim ---- of maize, of sunflower… of cassava. Besides the increase in yields, home hygiene has also improved as a result of ---- that was adopted as well as kitchen gardens for vegetables that have facilitated easy access to various vegetables.
I pay school fees for my children and grandchildren from the produce proceeds and sometimes I borrow some money from the groups where I save and then pay back using the money from the crop sales
I have gained knowledge and skills in sustainable organic agriculture that I can even train other members at a cost and gain some income as well.
Unice Ojok and her husband standing in the maize garden new home in olole village oberi parish barr Sub County aged 49 years with 7 children and 1 grand child
We grow crops like beans, cassava, millet, sorghum, sweet potatoes, soya beans, sim-sim, ground nuts, lapena and we sale to get school fees, buy family needs and save some in the VSLA group where I belong. The training from Kulika equipped us with skills for grow better yielding crops which we plant in lines compared to before when we could just broad cast the seeds in the field and get poor yields. We now get better crop yields due to proper timing of planting, weeding and improved post-harvest handling.
The money we get, we have been able to pay school fees for our 7 children and 2 of them have studied up to senior six and one has joined Uganda police force while one has gone to university. We would not have been able to pay their fees if our crop yields had not improved.
I got 100,000/= shillings from the group saving and bought 18 chicks so that I can rear them for multiplication and later sell them.
Molly Otim 47 year old female from Abanyi village, oberi parish.
Before I joined Kulika we were not farming properly and crops would fail to give us better yields and after training with Kulika I can tell you that we have greatly improved on the farming aspects planting crops in line, weeding in time, harvesting in time and more so planting in lines which gives a good yield and also one can save the seeds because one plants according to the area.
I grow Cassava, beans, soya, millet sweet potatoes etc and as a result of the benefits of improved yields, I bought ox- plough and bulls
We were staying in grass thatched house but after growing sun flower the way we were trained we managed to save some money and built this iron house and destroyed the grass house
Before Kulika training, people were staying lonely without being in groups and also doing their own things but after group formation it has brought people together and that is as a result of now VSLA in the community we are all happy about the initiative
Our land is small about 6 acres but with the money from crop sales we hire more land for crop production and we pay 100,000 for the whole year which gives us two seasons
I borrow money from the group for paying fees and weeding crops which I pay back as soon as I sell the produce.