In 2007, Katine was one of the poorest sub-counties in Uganda. It had amongst the worst living conditions in the country, with a lack of access to safe water and quality farming inputs, and had experienced decades of conflict and instability. This partnership set out to improve sanitation facilities, health services, education and business opportunities in Katine. Farm Africa's work encourages self-reliance and sustainable business practices, improving employment opportunities within the community and encouraging agricultural business development.
Farm Africa is empowering communities by promoting farming as a business - introducing farmers to new techniques and increasing farmers' ability to market their produce. Local cooperatives and produce stores have been set up, allowing farmers to store crops together until the price is right, and sell and market produce jointly, boosting profits.
Through the creation of village savings and loans associations (VSLAs), farmers can save money and access credit schemes to help their businesses grow. By making loans with low interest rates available, members of the cooperative can invest in their future, and the future of Katine as a whole.
Amongst Katine communities, 2,600 people benefit directly from savings groups - 69% of whom are women. We're also working directly with over 800 water source committees to improve access to water for some 32 million people living in the region.
Farm Africa is working with Amref Health Africa, Barclays, Guardian News & Media, the Katine Joint Farmers Cooperative (KAJOFACO), and the Katine Water Sanitation Association (KAWASA) on this project.