How Comcare intends to help small businesses

  • To provide funding to promising entrepreneurs
  • Support community centers and small businesses.
  • Develop agricultural programs, for extra food and income.
  • Launch small business initiatives like bee-keeping, livestock programs, fruit farming, heifer program for milk production etc.
  • Create employment for builders, carpenters, teachers, etc.
  • Functional adult literacy (FAL) programs, transfer of skills, and additional trainin
  • Host community forums for workshops.
  • Encourage community development programs, proper land use, conservation methods, etc.
  • Provide high value yielding seedlings.
  • Promote modernization of agriculture and poverty alleviation b providing nursery projects such as fruit tree seedlings (varieties), medicinal trees, fruit trees, such as mangoes, avocados, passion fruits, jack fruits and paw paws.

Abagamba kamu Women Development Association (Fort Portal - Uganda)

Started by a group of six women to discuss and develop ideas for dealing with social and economic hardships of orphaned children, widows, and youth, the association has emerged to be a vehicle for community development and self-reliance. The association members labored to sensitize their peers, and the community about the challenges of development and self sustainability. The reception from the local community has been great. Out of the efforts of members and well wishers, a cattle rearing program has been started with ten animals. A small micro-credit scheme, supported by efforts of 160 women is also in progress, despite the meager resources. A bank account has been opened.

In kind donation of used clothes for distribution to orphans, widows and the homeless has been mobilized. The rate of poverty in the area is high, the need is great. The women of Abagamba Kamu Development Association have been empowered and highly motivated. Not withstanding these achievements, the Women's Association needs facilitation to survive. The association has started an expansion project to enable them help more people.

Project Needs
  • Cattle shed construction at a cost of$1500.
  • Fencing at a cost of $750
  • Animal drugs at cost of $900
  • Equipment, tools and transport at a cost of $2800.
  • Farm maintenance at a cost of $50
  • Ten animals-heifers at a cost of $2500.
  • Land (10 acres) at a cost of $2500.

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Apiary project (Apiary center)

The slopes of the Rwenzori mountain ranges in western Uganda and the surrounding local villages in Kabalore district have been found to be home to the best organic honey in Uganda. A bee-keeping project has started to exploit the potential that exists in this field. The results from the project have been encouraging that the farmers have organized themselves into an association. Bee-keepers have now realized that bee-keeping is a virgin gold mine awaiting exploitation.

The partnership has already yielded big dividends and every farmer involved in bee-keeping knows the basic honey composition and how to handle it. Presently, the output from the area is still considered under-utilization of the potential of the region, owing to lack of modern techniques, training and lack of farming institutions.

This organic honey from the Rwenzori's varies in flavor and color depending on the type of flowers visited by the bees. This honey is pure, without any additives, so natural and untreated and unblended. It is so smooth and popular with the locals since it retains most of the protein nutrients and oil elements from the plant enzymes that have many health benefits and are reputed to ward off many modern day ailments that are bacterial, fungal and viral.

If the project was well developed, the apiary enterprise could grow into a huge industry supplying organic honey, bee-wax, propolis (resinous material), royal jelly, honey wine and other bee products. There is also the potential to bottle and label honey for sell in the shops and in the surrounding towns. Apiary (apiculture) has the potential and far reaching impact in the fight against poverty.

Before farmers can start harvesting money from honey, deliberate interventions have to be undertaken. One of the hindrances to increase production is lack of seed money to start off new farmers in modern of bee-keeping.

Project Needs

  • Seed money to start off new farmers in modern methods of bee-keeping.
  • Drill farmers in natural resource management, planning, challenges in bee-keeping and opportunities available in the enterprise.
  • Training and equipment to further this project.
  • Equipment to establish a commercial production center (processing center).
  • Improve and upgrade the project to serve as a model project center for the area.

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Ox-plough project: Rwanda and Uganda

The ox-plough project was conceived from a realization that the biggest problem the farmers face is lack of capacity to open up more acres of land for farming. It is an effective alternative to digging and tiling the land using a hoe, a common practice in poor countries of the world. The hoe method is ineffective, time wasting and energy consuming. The animal traction method as is popularly known will increase production and improve the lives of farmers households through increased food production, and more income from the sale of food surplus. The animal traction mode of ploughing is based on the concept of teambuilding. A group of five households is given a pair of oxen and one ox-plough on credit to share. It's a revolving loan arrangement, where a group is given a pair of oxen and ox ploughs. The bulls offer ploughing power which is more effective than traditional hoe.

Project Needs

  • Seed money to purchase ox-ploughs and bulls.
  • Funds to provide training to the initial farmers who will agree to pass on the know-how (one year of training).
  • Pest control.
  • Experimentation in cultivation of new varieties.
  • Promotion of organic fertilizer that does away with harmful and controversial chemicals.

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Murubya Women's Group

Murubya Women's Group was born out of need to provide help to the orphans, and widows, to gain a living hope, to provide unity among women and to appreciate God's love and care through sharing with others. The women's Group targets orphans, widows, refugees and other needy persons who are most vulnerable in communities.

Located in Hoima in Western Uganda, an area which is characterized by poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, early marriages, that lead to early births, widowed homes and orphans due to the scourge of the AIDS pandemic. The majority of households are composed of extended family systems. The major economic activity is subsistence farming with a hoe as the basic tool of production. There is extensive lack of basic requirements of food, shelter and clothing. Lack of education awareness, worsening the living conditions due to widespread diseases especially those associated with poor feeding among mothers and children. There is also high mortality rates among children and their mothers.

Much as the women would want to lift living conditions of the community, they still face many challenges due to resource constraint. The Murubya Women's Group urgently need:

Project Needs

  • Funds to care for the orphans and send them to school.
  • Funding to establish a home for the destitute.
  • Construction of a storage house, clothes for the needy and transport facilities (van ), for easy movement. Please see needs list.

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Buselege Integrated Farming Women's Group

Located about 20km from Mbale town and 3km from the main access road, the women of Buselege found themselves in a crisis, struck by poverty and expanding family sizes.

Like their unemployed husbands, they were unable to support their own families. Faced with this dire need, the women organized themselves into a group of 35 members strong to change their lives for the better. They ventured into diary farming but did not have enough money to buy a cow. Instead, they decided to go into farming. One of the members surrendered her quarter acre piece of land and another offered the same size, with which the group started a banana project.

After 2years, the women raised enough money from the sale of surplus bananas and acquired a Friesian cow. It is now producing milk which the women sell for extra income.

The members of Buselege Integrated Women's Group are united to develop a sustainable agricultural program that will address the critical food shortages, low income and declining land productivity. The project will contribute to eradication of hunger, and poverty and will generate work opportunities and increase incomes. Interestingly, the group is willing to share their experience with other women in the area. The community around is also emulating their idea.

Although the group stands out as exemplary, the women still need a lot of support to enable them to meet their ambitions.

This project is in Need of : total cost $8,500

  • Funds to buy more Friesian cows for milk production for increased income.
  • Buy 4 bicycles to transport produce to market .
  • Modern bee-hives for their bee-keeping project.
  • Expansion of their pineapple project.
  • Investment in improved banana varieties for better output.
  • Improve their fish pond, buy fish fry and feed for the fish.
  • Training in modern farming methods such as pruning, thinning, manure application etc.

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