In Uganda, women often receive little to no formal education and are unlikely to find employment.
Despite their lack of skills, they are still primarily responsible for the farming in their households.Without adequate knowledge or practical experience, the women often produce poor crop yields which can result in poverty and hunger for their families.
emerge poverty free has partnered with the Anasi Farmers Association on a project to train female farmers in vegetable growing, soil conservation, and marketing. These skills will enable the women to use vegetable growing as a means of generating income, in addition to creating a sustainable farming environment within the community.
The lack of available employment in Uganda makes it very difficult for females to earn an independent income, leaving the women vulnerable to domestic violence. The skills developed through this project empower women to generate personal incomes to support themselves and their families.
Teaching the women of Kasese how to farm efficiently allows them to provide fresh produce for their own families to eat, and the income generated by the sale of their crops allows them to purchase other foods rich in nutrients like milk, meat, and fish.
The income generated by vegetable farming provides women with the money to buy meat at a market, instead of acquiring their meat from preserved game parks.