Conny Angwec; a Young Entrepreneur Establishing Piggery Business to Improve her Livelihood in Uganda
Youth Business Clinic, now rebranded as agro-preneurship training for the youth, is one of the interventions that SAA came up with in 2018 to support the youth with funding and training in starting agribusiness in the community.
Conny Angwec is a young lady from Kole district, Uganda who had the opportunity to participate in one of SAA's Youth Business Clinics and won one million Uganda Shillings ($283) in a pitch competition. With that money she ventured into piggery and salon work. Today, she is earning a decent living from piggery, which enables her to pay school fees for her relatives.
SAA focuses on opening up opportunities for job creation along the agriculture value chain. Unlike other youth that learnt the hard way, Hakim Mugisha emulated his father (a SAA beneficiary) to start farming instead of seeking a job in urban centers like Kampala. He lives in Nakaseke district his home town where trained by SAA he harvests all year round. He earns a decent living from agriculture using climate smart agricultural practices to grow a variety of crops and vegetables.
Uganda has been experiencing high rate of malnutrition as well as high birth rate. Children are given birth to when they are underweight or malnourished. That is why SAA has developed different interventions with a pillar of nutrition sensitive agriculture to try and mitigate the issues around malnutrition in both children and women of reproductive age.
Catherine Kalembe is from Kamuli district and is an SAA-trained agro processor, entrepreneur and trainer that is popular in her village for the nutrient-dense porridge that she makes out of amaranthus (whose seeds are edible as grain) that she grows in her backyard garden. She also makes tapioca, garri and biofortified flours that she sells to customers both at the village level and in Kampala. She now awaits the opportunity to get certified by Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) so that she can sell her products in and outside the country.
Pallisa Agri-business Training Association(PATA) in Kibuku district of the Eastern Region of Uganda is one of many One Stop Center Associations(OSCA) constructed by Sasakawa Africa Association. PATA trains and promotes crop value chain activities among the groups.
Naome Mwidu is the center manager of PATA and a trainer. She is involved in the agro-processing of cassava and has over 28 products such as gari, bagia, and confectioneries. Some of her products are known for helping address the malnutrition and dietary needs of people.
SAA in march 2022 conducted training for women in Mubende and Kiboga districts to equip women with the skills of using advanced technologies in agriculture. The advanced technology will enable women in agriculture to improve productivity for mass production, which is necessary to gain fully benefit from agriculture as a business. SAA helps women acquire modern technologies in the entire agricultural production chain.