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Beating Poverty in Uganda. Together we can

Help us build on 30 years of changing lives in Uganda. Enable a whole community to work together to beat poverty and hunger. £155 will ensure a family is no longer isolated, can grow enough to eat and set up a thriving farm business. Together we can beat poverty for good so no-one is left behind.

July 2019 - June 2022

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  • Need


    Kamuli in Eastern Uganda suffers from entrenched poverty and vulnerability with women, people with disabilities, orphans and other children being isolated within their community. Many families work as out-growers for the local sugar processing plant but this is unprofitable and depletes soil fertility. As a result the area has low agricultural productivity, the land is not used for growing nutritious food and families are trapped in poverty and hunger with no sustainable livelihood.


    Vulnerable households will receive support so they are no longer isolated and can see the potential of their land. Training in sustainable agriculture will enable them to use their land to grow vegetables and other food crops to eat and sell instead of only growing sugarcane. They will be provided with a variety of improved vegetable seeds and starter kits for growing high value ginger, onions and garlic crops and training in small businesses will create profitable livelihoods from their land.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Marginalized groups have capacity to improve their social well being


    » Support community to choose beneficiaries and form effective groups with strong leadership. Focus on inclusion so everyone in community represented
    » Training on inclusion of vulnerable and marginalised groups including community training on rights of women, children and people with disabilities
    » Parenting skills, child rights, youth counselling and life skills as well as gender roles/responsibilities, including community music, drama and dance
    » Hygiene training including personal hygiene and sanitation. Training on technologies like drying racks, latrines, tip-taps, and energy saving stoves

    What success will look like

    Vulnerable households will feel less marginalised, able to make decisions and have improved self-esteem. Women and people with disability in leadership and able to speak in public

    Aim 2

    Improved and diversified agricultural production


    » Sustainable agriculture for vegetables & cash crops, livestock management and tree planting. Supply of seeds, seedlings and fruit trees
    » Nutrition care groups receive training in nutrition and cooking demonstrations. Gardening tools, seeds and bicycles for Community Demonstrators
    » Training and construction of run off and roof water harvesting at household level and support for shallow well construction for community clean water
    » Community involvement in land use management, environmental protection and disaster risk reduction including provision of posters for visual training

    What success will look like

    People are food secure and consuming nutritious foods daily. Families are confident that their farms can meet all their food needs and households adopting conservation practices

    Aim 3

    Farmers acheive increased and diversified incomes and financial security


    » Training in developing farms into thriving businesses, including value addition and collective marketing
    » Ensure access to seeds through small seed businesses and provide seed starter kits to youth groups
    » Training the younger population in agro-enterprise particularly around horticulture of high value crops like ginger, onion, chilli and garlic
    » Financial literacy including provision of Village Savings and Loan Association Kits, linking to financial and mobile banking services

    What success will look like

    Households will be earning more than $2 a day, have at least 4 income generating activities and be able to save and access credit

  • Impact


    All households in the community will be able to make decisions and define their own futures. Women and people with disabilities will be in leadership positions, able to speak in public to advocate for change in their community. A whole community approach with specific community activities will help move everyone in the area towards the goal of zero poverty. Households will be free of unprofitable sugarcane growing and instead have at least 4 income generating activities and be able to save.


    We have run a pilot in the same area and this project has been designed based on those pilot learnings to manage risk, improve impact and sustainability. Risks have been assessed with appropriate mitigations adopted. E.g. Involving farmers and local leaders in project design/delivery ensures ownership, prevents drop out and contributes to long-term sustainability; training in disaster risk reduction, rainwater harvesting and soil retention will mitigate against unpredictable weather conditions.


    An Annual Report will be based on regular monitoring/evaluation involving a mix of quantitative and qualitative data. Twice yearly household surveys will be summarised against targets. Case studies, updates and feedback from stakeholder meetings and the wider community will also be included.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £90,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £32,400 Project Team Including project co-ordinator, agricultural & gender/inclusion extension workers, finance support
      £36,000 Project Activities Delivery of key activities including farm systems, youth enterprise and inclusion
      £2,700 Agricultural Inputs Provision of seeds and fruit tree seedlings including vegetables, soya and beans
      £3,600 Capital Costs Motorbikes and tablets for extension staff plus computers/office equipment
      £4,500 Monitoring and Evaluation Regular monitoring visits, annual report and stakeholder interviews
      £10,800 Travel Costs Fuel/insurance/ride kits for extension motorbikes and project activity mileage
  • Background


    The project area has been chosen because of the high incidence of poverty and vulnerability due to the marginalisation and social exclusion of women, people with disabilities, orphans and other vulnerable children. The area is also characterised by low agricultural productivity and limited incomes due to the dominance of outgrowing sugar cane for the local processing factory.


    Marginalised and vulnerable households will be supported by the project in Bugulumbya sub county of Kamuli. Women, people with disabilities and young people will be given the support they need to build improved livelihoods. The most vulnerable families will receive assistance through self help groups with further households benefiting through community activities so everyone in the community is reached.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Send a Cow has been working in Uganda for 30 years. We have run a pilot project in the same district of Kamuli which worked with 400 households over 18 months. In just a short time, 91% of families were food secure or mildly food insecure and 77% were eating 5 or more food types a day. Before the project, only 34% of women reported a positive self-esteem score (Rosenberg Scale) which changed to 94% at the end and 71% managed to increase their savings by 100%.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Patrick Sambaga

    Patrick is Country Director for Send a Cow Uganda. Patrick will hold the overall responsibility for the project strategy and implementation

    Pamela Ebanyat

    Pamela is Uganda Programme Manager. She is responsible for recruiting and training project staff, M & E, and project review and planning.

Help make Sanifa's dreams come true


will ensure a family is no longer isolated, can grow enough to eat and set up a thriving business.

I want to be the first girl from my family to finish school because I dream of becoming a teacher.