LIVELIHOOD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR WOMEN IN KABERAMAIDO 2006 – 2011
Kaberamaido District, North Eastern Uganda Number of Beneficiaries: 674 farmers in 44 groups
Introduction: This project started in 2006 to date. The project was as a result of partnership between McKnight Foundation and Kulika Uganda. Funding by Vitol Foundation supported the project to implement some of its activities for one year. After the first funding ran out, support was received from Rotary Clubs to continue with Micro credit and Rural Small Industry activities. The project area involves the following districts of Uganda: Kaberamaido, Soroti, Amuria and Kumi.
The overall goal of the project is to enable rural women’s groups in North Eastern Uganda to realise their own development through: training farmers in Sustainable Organic Agriculture (SOA); encouraging farmer-to-farmer extension training in SOA and appropriate technology; developing capital enterprises, revolving funds and microcredit; establishing microcredit and rural small industry activities. These objectives were achieved in phases as explained below;
Phase 1 a) Sustainable Organic Agriculture Training (SOA): KULIKA Uganda has trained a total of 59 Key Farmer Trainers (KFTs) in SOA and farmer-to farmer-extension (2 key farmers represent a group). With the knowledge received, this group now practices SOA in their own farms and they have also trained farmer groups to which they belong in their home area in sustainable organic agriculture principles and practices. The farmers made work plans together with group members and delivered the training. This approach has encouraged diffusion of knowledge in the farming community.
Farmer to farmer extension This was a deliberate intervention designed to train community members who did not belong to groups registered by the project. The training was mainly conducted by the Key farmers. At least 12 groups of about 15 farmers each have directly benefited from farmer to farmer extension.
b) Capital Enterprises: This activity was implemented for a period of 3 years. Each group involved in the project selected a project from which all group members would benefit. Groups then received funds to start their capital enterprise projects and managed the projects themselves. Projects included piggeries, goat rearing, and poultry.
After the first phase, Kulika Uganda was then supported by Rotary Clubs to implement activities of phase two as indicated below.
Phase 2 c) Rotary Projects
Community Micro Finance: Rotary International, in partnership with Rotary clubs in Uganda, funded microcredit project activities in Kaberamaido for a period of 18 months. Of the 44 groups, 18 groups were selected and have benefited from this fund. Each group received 4 million Ugandan shillings which was lent to group members to establish small scale enterprises and to be paid back at an interest rate of 1% interest. All groups are now paying back their loans.
Rural Small Industry: Rotary International, in partnership with Rotary clubs in Uganda, funded the rural small industry project activities in Kaberamaido. In this project, farmers have benefited from vegetable seeds (tomatoes, water melon, cabbages, egg plant), grinding mill and mushroom growing.