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...
Aug 10, 2016

Lillian

Lillian was born on 02/08/1997, Lillian is total orphan who lost her both parents at early age due HIV AIDS .

After her parents death she was taken in by the people in her neighbourhood. Lilian being a girl, was being sexualy abused, which made her run away in the bush to hide.  She stayed living in the bush until 2005 August when House of Hope took her in. By the grace of God, donors started to help House of Hope and we were able to give them a safe and secure loving environment.

Lilian now is S4 and she wants to be nurse. Thank you for giving her a chance to live and to be in school. With your love and support hopeless are hopeful.

Lillian now
Lillian now
Jul 28, 2016

Star Fruit Trees

Star fruit is one of the fruit trees we distribute to villagers and our partners. It is a fascinating tropical fruit with a tartly sweet taste and a juicy yet rubbery texture. When you slice the fruit crosswise it creates small stars which can be used to decorate salads, cocktail glasses, frozen into exotic ice cubes, eaten fresh, or really anything else you can imagine.

The tree takes approximately three years to start fruiting, and after that can be harvested twice per year. It requires no pesticides as insects find the fruit’s acidity daunting, and simple organic manure is sufficient fertilizer.

It is full of vitamin C, vitamin B complex, fiber, and antioxidants. So if the beneficiary’s family decides to simply eat the fruit, then FANTASTIC! It is good and good for them. Alternately they can sell them on a local market, or sell them to us and we will in turn sell them at our buying price (after all we are an empowerment organization and it is important that farmers make a decent amount of money from their harvest) to local Ugandan jam makers.

We are currently the only commercial growers of star fruit in Uganda, and our supply cannot meet the demand.  For this reason we know that star fruit is a cash crop that people can grow and utilize to help raise themselves out of poverty.

Each star fruit tree costs about $0.70 and we would like to distribute 1000 of them to villagers near our farm. That is a $700 goal for this project and every penny you contribute will bring us closer to that goal.

Thank you for your continued support.

Day volunteers Haruna and Junior picking starfruit
Day volunteers Haruna and Junior picking starfruit
Jul 28, 2016

Fred's Kids

Fred
Fred's children with Grasroots Uganda volunteer

As many of you know, Fred, our previous partner with Peace Demonstration Farm passed away in March, leaving behind four children. Their mother passed away four years prior. The children are remaining in their home attatched to the farm with a care-giver, and we continue to monitor and support them. 

Fred and his children have been working beside us, digging, carrying bricks, planting seeds, chasing snakes, watching me being stung by angry wasps (repeatedly)(and not to be confused with the angry bees), frolicking in fish ponds, digging the well, and everything in between since we started the farm nearly five years ago. His family is our family, and we are currently setting up a benefit project for them on Global Giving to help cater for their school fees, medical costs, and other every day costs of living.

We currently have a micro-project listed under ' Water System for Peace Demonstration Farm, Uganda' which is a short term project. We intend to elevate this into its own secular project. We will of course keep you posted on these developments.

Thank you again for your continued support. It means the world to all of us here at Grasroots Uganda.

Fred cutting jackfruit
Fred cutting jackfruit
 
   

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