Farming as a business
Since 2008, we have supported over 3,000 farming families. In 2015 we made the decision to give greater support to fewer people and now concentrate our efforts on 6 communities and 12 groups of farmers. In 2018 more than 200 farmers received seed to grow an acre of beans or maize, which they will sell to the schools we support for school lunches. Here are some of the groups we support. This video (5 minutes) really shows the impact we are having.
This group is named after Nighty, a farmer we met in 2014. When we met her, Nighty was unable to feed her family and her children were eating grass and insects to survive. She had no possessions other than one saucepan and a 7 litre jerry can. In this video, she explains how she moved from that to where she is today - leading a group of other people in her situation and transforming lives herself.
We always look for people in the most need and had never met anyone quite like Nighty before. Her transformation is inspirational and drives us to continue to help as many other Nighties as we can.
Gum Pe Loke - Your fortune is yours and will never be anybody elses
The original Seeds for Development group in northern Uganda. 60 women, all single parents whose husbands had been murdered or because they were raped. We met them in 2008 in the Parabongo camp for internally displaced people. Some of them lived in the camp for twenty years.
We started off by advancing the farmers bean seeds so they could grow the crop for the seed itself. They have now received soya beans, ground-nuts (peanuts), pineapples and are at the heart of our coffee project.
The child mothers of Koro
These girls deserve a page to themselves because they are truly remarkable. We met this group of 50 girls in 2011 when they were as young as 12 struggling to survive after being abducted by rebels, taken to the bush, raped and forced to kill. They escaped or were rescued with their babies only to be rejected by their families. For the last 6 years we have watched as, with our support, they have grown into dignified young women full of confidence and hope.
They are an inspiration to us all.
Kane Rac - Hiding is bad - expose your problems so that you are helped
As news of our projects spread across the area, the farmers of Kane Rac started to walk for hours to join the meetings of other groups. It could take them over 4 hours to reach Olwal (the trading centre where the farmers meet). So they set up their own group of farmers.
They are the hardest to reach as the roads out to their farms are very bumpy tracks which are not used by vehicles very often!
Kica Ber - Being kind is good
We met this group in 2011. Every member of this group of 51 farmers is HIV positive and many were sick when we met them. They were waiting to die and had been completely cut off from society. Today you wouldn't believe that story if you met them! Healthy, happy and vibrant they are truly inspirational and help out the wider community who are not as fortunate as they are. They really live up to their name and travel far and wide giving advice and help to people.