Food scarcity has led to a massive increase in malnutrition among children in Uganda. Health experts believe that this is mainly due to lack of access to food due to extreme poverty. There has also been an increase in the spread of communicable disease over the past years. Lack of hygiene, sanitation and availability of clean water all lead to a low health standard in many parts of Uganda.

The project

Girl’s Voices looks at diminishing this through ensuring food security and nutrition in this region. Through this, the aim is to improve the quality of life at the household level. The idea is also to reduce gender-based violence and promote socioeconomic justice.

The beneficiaries will be given pig sows and training to breed them. They will also be provided with training on how to take care of the pigs, in organic farming and in conservation. Resources like land, start-up feed and labour has been assured by the community. Maize production is being carried out in farms and this is mainly for feed purposes.

Impact

The project directly benefits 96 women – most of whom live below the international definition of extreme poverty (£1.25 a day) and have been victims of gender-based violence. The project will help with income-generation, skill-building and sustainability.

Knock-on effect

The expected outcome is a 70% increase in household income. This means a rise in daily incomes from 17p to £1.6 of which two-thirds will be from selling pigs and the rest is expected from vegetable sale.

In two years’ time, these piglets will breed and a part of the litter will be supplied to a new group of beneficiaries, making this project self-sustainable.

The project is expected to cost £1,210 over a period of two years