Grassroots Uganda- Empowering African Women

Mission: Grassroots Uganda- Empowering African Women is an NGO working with Women in the slums and rural areas of Uganda. We provide training in craft making, business skills, and money management, while paying our Artisans fair wages for their work. Our Mission is to give our women a hand up, instead of a hand out, so that they can pull themselves out of poverty. Founding Principles and Our Purpose: Women are the backbone of Uganda. They carry out all the domestic duties of life without running water, electricity, or any of the basic conveniences of modern life. Th...
Mar 24, 2014

Green House!

inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse

YAYYY!!! We have a greenhouse!!!

Built from 100% local materials, our greenhouse is a model which other farmers can easily replicate at their own homes. The only supplies they need to buy are the high density plastic and durrable netting. The poles are locally harvested with the bottoms soaked with used/discarded motor oil to prevent the structure from being eaten by termites.

Growing crops in the greenhouse helps the farmer retain humidity and over all climate controll for the crops, shelter them from pests and isolate the crops from fungi, bacteria, and visuses which can easily sneak from one crop to another via air, water, and soil.

We are currently growing tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, and peppers. As you can see, they look FANTASTIC!

greenhouse
greenhouse
Jan 6, 2014

Bountiful Baskets Uganda style!

Bountiful Basket
Bountiful Basket

The coming of the New Year has marked the beginning of dry season in Uganda. The clay saturated ground cracks, and the dust sifts a red sheath over all surfaces. Fortunately the dry season marks one more thing, the massive HARVEST! Some of our crops which have been growing like crazy are now mature. Beans and peanuts are drying in the sun, sweet corn has all been picked and the husks dug down into the earth, and the sweet potatoes are being harvested daily. Mangos, pineapples, avocados, eggplants, and pumpkins line the roadsides.

At Peace Demonstration Farm, we have decided to take advantage of this harvest season and we have started a Bountiful baskets program here in Uganda. This is a way for us to help ourselves raise money for our operations instead of simply relying on outside funding and donations. Bountiful Baskets is a form of Community Supported Agriculture marketed towards the international and upper class populations in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city.

Basically, families buy into the program on a monthly subscription and every Monday they get a big basket of fresh, organic, and delicious fruits and veggies delivered to their home. They don’t get to choose what is in their basket, they get what we give them. Much of what is included in the basket is harvested from our farm, and we work with other local farmers and producers in the area to ensure quality and variety for the customers, and also provide a higher price market for the growers.

This has been very exciting so far, and we currently have 13 families involved. Our goal is to have 50 families subscribed by the end of 2014 and we are confident that we will meet that goal. Clearly we still have some gigantic obstacles to overcome in the advancement of our demonstration farm (such as the irrigation system) but we are making big towards hurdling those. Sustainability here we come!

So many mangos!
So many mangos!
Oyster nuts fallen fresh from the tree
Oyster nuts fallen fresh from the tree
Oct 15, 2013

Peace Farm Update

Kiwano Melon
Kiwano Melon

The rains are here and we have been very busy playing in the mud and planting our crops. We recently planted 50 Mulberry Trees, 50 Tamarillo Trees, 5 Starfruit Trees, 2 Guava Trees, 2 Bananna Trees, and 2 Cashew Trees, as well as a plethora of squash, cantelope, kiwano melon, sweet potatoes, and cucumber. Our sweet corn is nearly taller than I am with the ears just starting to form, and we harvested our first head of cauliflower last week.

A huge benefit to us is that when the dry season hits, which it always does fiercely, we will be able to maintain our crops through hand wattering, and our arm muscles will be AMAZING!

We recently hired a farm helper to assist us in digging and watering. His name is Alex and has so far been fantastic. He is in the field by 6 a.m. every morning and works like crazy before having a nice siesta durring the mid-day heat.

The borehole is busy as ever, usually with a line of people waiting their turn. They leave their jerry cans in a line so that they can sit in the shade of the banana plantation until their turn arises. The borehole is open for public use from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and there is hardly a quiet moment.

As for the irrigation and water system, we are still fundraising like crazy. We have secured about $2,000 USD from outside sources, so at least we are well on our way!

Thanks again for everyone's support so far. You are fantastic!

Mulberries
Mulberries
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