Treasure woman project. In rural communities of Lwengo, many households are headed by single women who lost their husbands due to HIV/AIDS scourge. They spend much of their time looking for firewood, fetching water and looking after their children and sick husbands. Here we work with women to improve their livelihoods through providing positive living support and skills development activities.
Banana growing is so popular in this area and almost every household has a small banana plantation. An average banana bunch costs about Ugx 20000/= which is USD $5.00 at farmgate price. From a training that was facilitated by UCA, smallholder banana farmers can now make real money from adding value to their bananas before selling them.With value addition, women make wine out of them and roughly earn Ugx 150000/= which is USD $42.00 for the same banana bunch.
Women and young mothers in this group grow mushroom, make craft handbags, table mats, knitting and others which they sell to earn income besides their domestic work. Some women have received Gift pigs which they keep and sell when they multiply to earn income from the sale of piglets.
The piggery project is aimed at improving the quality of the soil by using the pig waste as an organic fertiliser to improve soil fertility and thus increase farm productivity. This also helps to reduce use of external farm inputs such as synthetic products.