Individual stories of transformation in Uganda

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Individual stories of transformation in Uganda

FRB’s Uganda-West Nile program with 1250 individuals from 250 households in 10 communities, uses Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and Village Savings and Loan groups (VSLs) to help and inspire community members grow enough food for their families, earn incomes, create small businesses, get all their children into school, and envision a better future. Here are some of their stories...

The financial skills Asina has learned from her VSL have transformed her life from searching for grass and firewood to sell, to farming, feeding her family, and saving enough to start a tea shop in a local trading center. She earns enough from selling excess produce to pay her children’s primary school fees. Muto says this is the first ag development program ever to come into his village, and he’s put his FFS ag training to good use. He shows how planting in rows saves seed, water, inputs, and weeding time while producing a better crop for home consumption and income.

Baiga’s interest in planting trees increased after he attended a program seminar on adapting to climate change. He’s planted 446 seedlings of a variety of trees for food, shade, lumber, and environmental conservation. Baiga is determined to plant 100 mango seedlings in the coming year as well.

Ayiki quit school to support his wife, children, mother, and his brother’s orphans. He’s learned so much about farming at his FFS that he’s become a group leader. He can now support his family better, pay for their schooling, and plans to go back to school to study agriculture.

Muto says this is the first ag development program ever to come into his village, and he’s put his FFS ag training to good use. He shows how planting in rows saves seed, water, inputs, and weeding time while producing a better crop for home consumption and income.

03/28/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment