Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda

by Smart Villages Foundation
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Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda
Improve 500 farmers' productivity in Mbata, Uganda

After many months of construction and training, Mbaata Farmers’ Enterprise Centre is making a huge amount of headway, with the building structure now being complete. It is hard to believe that last time we reported, Mbaata was a construction site. The last quarter has been a whirlwind of progress in Mbaata, but we need your donations to keep this progress moving! 

Following four days of intensive business training carried out by two facilitators selected from the community, several small businesses have started operation this week. So far, a salon, welding business, cassava milling service and juicing shop have been set up within the FEC. These businesses will be run by members of the community, using solar power from the anchor load installed on site. This will enable the business owners to generate income and increase the value of the crops that they produce- all using clean energy from the Ugandan sun!

In addition to these, we still need funding for more services within the centre in order for more community members to set up businesses and generate a sustainable income. We are still in the process of setting up coffee processing, the Farmer’s Innovation Centre (FIC) and the cold store, all of which will provide a host of opportunities for the community in Mbaata. 

Here is a bit more information about these services… 

  • The coffee processing will create jobs for multiple members of the community, and increase the value of the coffee, meaning that members of the community will be able to gain more profit, as well as preserving the coffee plant for longer to avoid post-harvest loss. 
  • The Farmer’s Innovation Centre provides information and training for local farmers, in order for them to learn about best farming practices and gain access to ICT facilities and the internet. 
  • The cold store is completed and will soon be used to store produce from the community, in order to increase the shelf-life of produce from community farmers and reduce post-harvest food loss.

The addition of these services are essential in order for the FEC to be self-sustaining and as beneficial to the wider community as possible.

In other news, our Ugandan partners Kiima Foods hosted the resident district commissioner and a team from the Ministry of Agriculture at the site in Mbaata, meaning that the local government is involved and shares the same vision for the potential of this project. As a result of Kiima's hard work, the government started working on the road to Mbaata, which is great news and will have such an incredible impact on the lives of farmers there, who are now able to transport goods up and down the mountain with ease. Access is a significant problem for many remote farming communities, so this is fantastic progress and future success of the FEC in Mbaata.

If you want to continue to support this project, please share this report link on your social media channels and within your network. Your donations will be hugely impactful, through helping the community in Mbaata keep their produce fresh for longer, become more resilient to climate change and generate higher profits.

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Iona Smith


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The road up to Mbaata after some repairs
The road up to Mbaata after some repairs
Capacity building workshop delivered by community
Capacity building workshop delivered by community
A stunning solar array
A stunning solar array
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Mbata community demonstrating their produce
Mbata community demonstrating their produce

Dear Friends,

 

It ahs been another exciting three months up in Mbata Village in Western Uganda. Even though the fundraising from your generous donations has been a little slow recently, the commuinity are still working as hard as ever to make things happen for themselves.

With brickmaking finished, they have started construction of the building that will house the Farmers Enterprise Centre. The whole community is looking forward to it, and came out to meet us when we were there last month. They showed us all the different crops and produce that they grow on their farms, and which they're looking forward to making much more productive and profitable for themselves once the FEC is operating.

If you want to share the fundraising link for the project with any friends and family, or on social media, the hardworking farmers of Mbata will thank you from the bottoms of their hearts!

Best regards

Bernie

Construction underway
Construction underway
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Dear Friends,

Thank you once again for your generous donations to help us build a farmers enterprise centre in Mbata village.

Huge progress has been made in the past few months. The site has been selected and cleared in the community. A legal co-operative made up of local farmers has been formed to lead the project with huge buy-in from the community. Local youths have been trained in the manufacture of interlocking stablised soil blocks (special bricks made using local materials and less cement, so are good for the environment and cheaper!), and they have manufactured 14080 blocks ready for construction. We recieved the permit for construction from the District Physical Planner, and building began on the 8th November.

Its so exciting to see progress being made, and we hope to have the building up and running by early January.

Your support in continuing to invest in this community and provide the infrastructure for them to grow is extremely important to us. Even though we've made good progress with the building, once it is installed there will still be so much to do with capacity building and training, and the installation of agricultural processing technologies inside. GlobalGiving are running a special matching campaign for new montly donors starting in December and we'd love it if you considered signing up! Any amount, however small, will make a difference to us and the community in Mbata.

Thank you once again, and have a wonderful day.

Best wishes,

Natasha and the Smart Villages Team.

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Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire - United Kingdom
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Natasha Wilson
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