~ Josephine Nakakande, Program Manager with Eco-Agric
In Kitukutwe village, most local schools are under-resourced and families are often unable to afford school materials. Many children, especially girls, migrate to urban areas to provide labor and, in some instances, engage in commercial sex work.
Eco-Agric Uganda works to reduce financial barriers to education and improve retention in school for girls and orphans. Through this project, 90 girls are trained in hair-dressing and catering, and given basic supplies to start earning income upon completion of the program. With skills in these high-demand trades, young girls graduating from this program will be assured a living wage.
In Kitukutwe, 40% of women are single heads-of-household whose husbands have died of HIV/AIDS. Eco-Agric works to strengthen the capacity of 300 women-led households through agriculture and business trainings. The project trains women on vegetable production and poultry rearing. The women’s groups will learn at demonstration sites to improve the quality of their production at home.
- Provide 90 girls with school fees and start-up kits to study hairdressing or catering for one year
- Provide scholastic materials for 300 orphans and vulnerable children
- Train 300 women-headed households in improved crop/mushroom production
- Supply 3000 chickens to 120 women headed households
- Set up 24 demonstration sites for mushroom and vegetable growing, as well as poultry rearing
- Establish 3 vegetable marketing associations and 5 women self-help groups