Current Campaign

Farming in Buyenje

 
 
 

Buyenje is where it all began.

Buyenje (boo-yen-jay) is a remote village in the hills of the Buikwe District, Central Uganda. Just miles from the source of the Nile River, it is home to a lush landscape of rolling hills and fertile soils.

Buyenje is called home to 151 people, including 22 women and their families. For generations, these families have been subsistence farmers, tilling what land has been left over after wealthier individuals and companies have leased much of the surrounding land.

One of the main challenges facing villages such as Buyenje is the basic economic principle that to make money, takes money. The community doesn’t have enough land to make money to rent their own land and increase their production to afford more land, and this cycle continues.

With an average self-reported income of $15.72 (unadjusted) per person per year, they are far too risky of an investment to qualify for traditional financing, and especially at the scale they would need to create meaningful and permanent changes in their livelihoods.

Status:

Funded in March 2018

Beneficiary:

Buyenje Women’s Group

Field Partner:

Lugacraft Uganda

Project Facilitator(s):

Robert & Vivian Dibya

Financials:

$12,848 lent to create a 5 acre village farm

Funds paid for 5 acre rental for 5 year lease, seeds for planting (maize and beans), and rental and equipping of a small processing facility.

Loan Details:

0% interest to be repaid over 5 year period (10 installments, due after growing season when income is highest).

2 year grace period to allow time for the loan to generate returns and for the community to build up basic savings and pay off any lingering debt.

Extras:

Inclusion in Primary Sponsorship Program

Vocational training delivered by local experts:

  • Best Farming Practices

  • Personal Finance

  • Basic Nutrition

Self Reported Income:

Average of $15.72 (unadjusted) per person per year.

Fields in Buyenje, Buikwe District, Uganda

Fields in Buyenje, Buikwe District, Uganda

 
 

 

Current Campaign

Catering to local events in Kiteza

 
 
 

Kiteza is a large village containing a few thousand inhabitants in Buikwe District, just a few kilometers from Buyenje.

In Kiteza (chee-tay-zuh), 34 women from a local parish, formed a women’s group to create a source of empowerment amongst themselves and solve local problems such as domestic abuse and unemployment.

Since partnership began, Lugacraft Uganda has been teaching life changing skills such as family planning and implementing basic savings strategies, as well as continuing to help develop the entrepreneurial spirit that was already alive. The women have taken to craft making, and make beautiful handwoven bowls out of dried banana leaves and recycled colored plastic from woven sacks to improve their income.

They’re hungry for more.

Realizing the importance of large events in the local culture, the women of Kiteza saw an opportunity to create an events and catering business that specializes in preparing authentic Ugandan food and entertainment. Some of their opportunities include weddings, birthdays, and even funerals. In the towns surrounding Kiteza, there are also a number of large companies that host international business guests on a regular basis.

We’re going to help them do it.

Status:

Funded in March 2019

Beneficiary:

Kiteza Parish Women’s Group

Field Partner:

Lugacraft Uganda

Project Facilitator(s):

Robert & Vivian Dibya

Financials:

$17,966 lent to create a catering and events business that specializes in authentic Ugandan food, decoration, and entertainment.

Funds paid for tents, tables, seating, serving utensils and trays, public announcement system, generator, and craft items to use as decoration.

Loan Details:

0% interest to be repaid on a rolling basis as events are booked.

2 year grace period to allow time for the loan to generate returns and for the community to build up basic savings and pay off any lingering debt.

Extras:

Inclusion in Primary Sponsorship Program

Vocational training delivered by local experts:

  • Personal & Business Finance

  • Event Planning & Decoration

  • Menu Planning & Large Scale Cooking

Self Reported Income:

Average of $21.84 (unadjusted) per person per year.

Crafts in Kiteza, Buikwe District, Uganda

Crafts in Kiteza, Buikwe District, Uganda

 

 

Our next Campaign

Working in Kawuku

 
 

Kawuku is the 3rd village partnered with Lugacraft. The women of Kawuku (cow-woo-coo) love to dance and entertain their guests.

The majority of the women in Kawuku work together between their daily tasks, weaving beautiful rugs and bowls to sell locally.

At present, they are discussing the different types of ventures they feel they could be successful with as a group, based on their relevant skills and interests.

Once we receive the business plan from Lugacraft, we’ll ask questions about the proposal and help to solidify and strengthen their ideas, agree upon terms, and figure out what types of vocational training would be most beneficial.

Status:

Ideation Stage

Fundraising

Beneficiary:

Kawuku Women’s Group

Field Partner:

Lugacraft Uganda

Project Facilitator(s):

Robert & Vivian Dibya

Extras:

Inclusion in Primary Sponsorship Program

Working together in Kawaku, Buikwe District, Uganda

Working together in Kawaku, Buikwe District, Uganda