Youth develop a smile on observing their project progressively develop with tangible results. Over 65 youth who benefited from the piggery and goat project have a reason to smile when they realized that 100% of their piglets where expecting to furrow and pass on the offspring to their colleagues. During their discussion they said; we received six pigs but in the first round we expect at a least an average of 60 piglets. “This is the multiplier effect we wanted”, one of the trainees said”.
Not only have we benefited from the pigs but even our fellow youth who could not manage pigs received goats and chicken. Though goats are not prolific as pigs but we believe we shall also get there when all our friends in the cycle will receive a goat. “The chicken project is easy to manage and we love it”. Said one of the girls
Initially the projects were given to hard working group members who had acquired the skills and could properly manage the projects, but later on even the laggards will benefit.
We appreciate support from our development partners and friends who have tirelessly contributed technical and financial support to this noble cause.
Since the commencement of this project, there has been a steady progress and improvement in the livelihoods of the beneficiaries. The group approach has proved efficient supporting the youth through Income Generating Activities. Numerous profound achievements have been witnessed by the beneficiaries, and from the interactions we had with the group leaders, they emphasized this saying “We have been able to gain technical skills from group members as we consult each other for support, promoted skills training among fellow peers. We have also made some savings and accessed credit from our groups and for better marketing of our produce as well as established group coffee nurseries which we sell out and earn some money and sometimes get seedlings and expand on our nursery beds.”To improve on the output generated by the IGAs, Kitovu Mobile has constructed 20 rain water harvesting tanks of 25,000 liters capacity for collecting water runoff for production this is aimed at complimenting the accessibility of water throughout the year by the group members; this has reduced the impact of drought on animal and crop production. To ensure maintenance of the tanks a leader is chosen from the group to be the main over seer of the constructed tank. Besides that, the groups were provided with10 Dairy cattle (in–calf heifers) this was complimented with the construction of zero grazing units to the groups to enhance their farming activities in an integrated approach, the group members were encouraged to access land and latter they were provided with 4000 coffee seedlings as income generating activities. Agricultural training was coupled with reproductive health skills which included sanitary pad making among others. It should be noted that the Group members sit weekly and save an amount ranging from 100-500 UGX. Group projects are undertaken as well as individual income generating projects. Projects include growing of crops such as maize, coffee and beans, horticultural crops like tomatoes, cabbages and green paper. On the side of animals youth keep pigs, poultry and cattle.
Restoring hope is one of the significant achievements in the past period. The youth can see beyond the agricultural support and engage themselves in other productive activities like craft making. On top of the various trainings and support to the out school youth they have gone a step ahead and start making crafts as an extra activity to supplement their income during the off season. 60% of the group members are now making crafts in form of utensil racks which they sell on the market day that comes every Friday of the week. This idea came as a result of training in Micro enterprise development that was identified to be paramount to this category of youth and passed on to them.
Using the savings from the diverse income generating projects they can now meet their day-to-day needs which include supporting their siblings with school requirements, buying supplementary foods and clothes for themselves.
Unlike in the past there is reduced redundancy among the youth and value for time. Thanks to all our supporters in this regard.
Support through Income Generating Activities has not only proved beneficial to the out of school youth but to the entire family. To date 38 (55% female) youth out of school have directly benefited from the piggery project through a pass on system and it is anticipated that by the end 2014 over 100 shall have benefited directly and 600 indirectly benefiting. It is worth noting that wellbeing of the youth is steadily improving and are to attend to their needs and wants to a certain extent. It’s our joy that these piggery projects have led them to other small scale businesses which they use to sustain their families in order to have a better life. Through these projects the youth in Bisanje have made groups and this has built their solidarity. On top of managing the pigs the youth have formed groups in which they have an internal saving and credit scheme. They normally borrow from this group fund to facilitate their income generating activities and also to start other small businesses that are beneficial to them. We are grateful for all the support from our friends who have enabled the youth think of the future and have a smile.
It was such an exciting moment to Kitovu Mobile AIDS organization and to the out of school youth to host two global giving members of staff. During this visit the Kitovu Mobile Management team lead by Charles Matovu had a brief and informative meeting where Britt lake and Alexandra discussed with members the available opportunity at global Giving website and the possibilities of kitovu Mobile making use of them. Through the sharing session, Global giving staff were overwhelmed by the enormous amount of work done by kitovu Mobile team to support the people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in a holistic manner.
After the meeting, the team visted one of the project sites where they met youth living with HIV who had been facilitated with small projects ranging from keeping local chicken to piggery projects. The youth ably explained how they are benefiting from the projects and their commitment to scale up the size of projects.
It was observed that youth didn't have approprite structures to keep their animals and birds and as a result they were finding problems to do thorough cleaning of the structuers and to maintain high standards of hygiene.
It was noted that poor housing structure did not only hinder the youth to ensure high standard of hygiene but also, it was not possible to trap manure and urine to fertlise their gardens which would help them to get high yields.
In consideration of the above mentioned challenges, in the next fundraisng campaign we have aimed at mobilising resources to support the construction of good animal structures that can trap manure and urine.
We therefore, call upon all wellwishers and friends of Kitovu Mobile to support this noble cause.
We have budgeted a piggery unit to cost $ 160 . However there is no need to worry about this big amount of money. we believe that together we can cause a change if every one contributes something.
15 dollars buy 1 bag(50kgs) of cement
20 dollars buy 1 turpline for roofing
2 dollors buy 1kg of Nails
2 dollors buy 1 pole
15 dollors buy 1 trip of sand
40 dollars pay for labour for constructing.
I conclude by this phrase " if you want to see a change you must be part of it".
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