FISH FARM PROJECT
We partnered with Bujugali Energy Limited (BEL) along with local residents, whose homes were displaced with the building of a dam on the Nile, to create commercial fish ponds in two remote communities.
Eight fish ponds have been established in two communities. One site is 100% financially sustainable and the other well on its way. Approximately 50,000 fish are harvested annually between the two sites. The fish is a dependable source of protein for residents, where before protein was scarce in normal diets, and is also sold throughout East Africa. The profits are cycled back into the villages, creating a sustainable source of income and jobs.
LIVESTOCK AND AGRICULTURE LEARNING CENTER
Insufficient supplies of food are due to low agricultural yields throughout the country, and lead to poor health, hunger, and malnutrition.
With support from ASU/Howard Buffet Foundation, our Center is training hundreds of farmers, primarily women, in sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry techniques. It has also introduced new crops and breeds to farmers. As result, there is increased food security and job opportunities.
We work with women to create the chicken cooperatives in order to teach them business skills and increase their income. Once the women become financially literate, it allows them to remain business owners so that their children can receive the education they deserve and families can obtain sufficient access to food and nutrition.
Four chicken cooperatives are now run by roughly 80 Ugandan women. Each of the cooperatives rear an average of 300 chickens. To-date, three out of four of the groups are completely financially sustainable.
We host a comprehensive goat training program whereby, following its successful completion, participants receive a dairy goat. From the first 20 female goats, the first kid produced from each comes back to S.O.U.L.. We then gift it to another woman, who forms a new group with other women. The rest of the kids remain the property of the women’s from the first group.
This presents a long-term asset is both a food and/or income source for the women and their families, helping bring and sustain them above the poverty line of $1/day. Three goat cooperatives (1 in the Jinja District and 2 in Iganga District) with 60 women have been established.