Many families from Kasangalabi Village in Uganda face significant hardship. Single mothers with 3-10 children to feed are forced to work long hours in agricultural work. The majority of people living in the village are subsistence farmers; when a husband or father dies many women and their children are left destitute as they have no right to inheritance of land and properties.
Beacon of Hope Uganda (BOHU), partnering with Tzedek for the second time, is facilitating economic sustainability, providing income generating opportunities to help these women support themselves. The programme will set up a demonstration farm where 100 women will receive training and knowledge on how to keep goats, and acquire more efficient management skills in agricultural production and marketing. The aim is to equip them each with 2 mature goats, already fertilized, and skills in animal husbandry, funded via an income generating project of milk goat rearing.
Families participating in this project are currently reliant on food donations from the community. The little income they do have ranges anywhere between nothing and 30000 UGX each month (about £6.40), well below the international poverty line. After the project, they will be empowered to learn new skills, and will be able to use the goats as a new source of income. This will help to raise their family’s income from virtually zero to well above the international poverty line, earning as much as 100,000 to 150,000 Shillings a month (£33.51).
The Knock-on Effect
The huge increase in income enables mothers to provide their children with basic needs, and families can also pay for schooling, medical fees and social services. In this way, this project can help break the cycle of poverty for the families of Kasangalabi Village.
In addition, the project works on the basis of a revolving fund, meaning each family will give back the first litter to the project. This allows more people to take part in the project in future, as there is a ready stock of goats to be given. This will enable BOHU to run the project with 20 new beneficiaries every six months.