MICOD intends to support 200 women. These women are facing a challenge of depending on a protected forest reserve and women are raped while struggling to collect firewood for sale to earn a living. A Bee keeping and tree nursery bed project will work as an alternative to 200 women from 200 households living in and around Budongo forest.
Over 350 Families living in and around Budongo Forest, lives in excessive poverty and to earn a living they have to cut trees for firewood, charcoal burning, timber/herbs from the forest where there is strict forest law enforcement. This has made women, the leading victims of human suffering since culturally they are the caretakers of the families which make them encroach the forest looking for survival. This has put their life in danger where 2 women are sexually harassed or raped every month.
MICOD will create an alternative sustainable livelihood project for 200 women clustered to work in 4 groups and this, will enhance alternative sources of income through honey production and empower these women with production and marketing skills and also establish tree nursery bed to promote tree planting. These will help reduce pressure on the forest and create alternative income that will enable them develop their families and reduce the risks they encounter when encroach on the forest.
200 women and their families will be empowered with skills, making them able to live a better & dignified life. 4 women groups of 50 will become reliable producers of honey. The project will also empower the groups to continue empowering other women in their communities hence poverty reduced. The established of the tree nursery bed, will support the tree planting that will form a set of woodlots at a household's levels hence reducing pressure on the forest and its associated risks.