The women in the Rakai Community are strong pillars in their households. Culture has placed many responsibilities in their hands, including the biggest responsibility of all - providing food for the members of their households. Most of these households have many dependents with most of them having above 6 dependents. They therefore need to be empowered to develop themselves and their households.
Arising from our several programs, they now appreciate the need for their households to earn an income in order to meet their responsibilities. Unfortunately, many of them cannot have the required capital even though they are very ready work in their small groups. We are currently looking for people and organizations willing to support their proposed projects. These projects have been scrutinized by experienced people who have advised that the projects are viable and the women can sustainably manage them. Below are the proposed projects which require funding.
The “Embaga” Services
'Embaga' means party in a local dialect by most of the people in Uganda. So, the Embaga Services targets the growing commercialization of all kinds of parties. There are three main services that are becoming almost mandatory on every party in the Rakai community and Uganda at large. These are decoration, entertainment and catering services. This is a good income generating project since it give the women time to also work in their garden since most parties are held over the weekends and in the evening. A total of 70 women and their households will be directly involved and supported by the project.
Unfortunately, the women cannot raise the funds to buy the required starting equipment to provide each of the services.$3,000 and $3,000 for the Decoration, Catering, and Entertainment services, respectively.The women are aware that they have to sustain the project without continuing to ask for donations.The total investment is well estimated at $13,000 distributed as $7,000,
The Bakery Project
All the bread that is consumed in the community is transported for over 80 miles from the nearby bakery. For this reason there is never enough bread for the people and that which is available id not fresh. Bread is increasing becoming marketable since schools are realizing it is cheaper to serve it to children at breakfast. Its demand in the community is also increasing among families that are able to earn some income. The children in the families love it!
The Hope Again Women have thought rightly that it would be great to tap this every increasing demand for bread by setting up a bakery in the community. They also plan to bake cakes in the future. The initial project investment and annual operations have been estimated at $20,445.00. This covers purchase of equipment, buying starting ingredients, shelter construction, and operation costs. The project will benefit 25 women (households) directly and many more others indirectly. The women will also have an opportunity to sell their crafts and surplus foodstuffs besides the bread outlet. Would you support the women to raise the required funds? Contact us if you need more information or need any clarification.
The Milling Project
Like many communities in Africa, most of the people in Rakai suffer from famines due to changing weather conditions. During the times of famine, people buy corn flour expensively and yet during harvest seasons sell their unprocessed corn cheaply. This happens with other cereals like millet, soy and peas. The main problem is that people do not have access to a milling machine in the areas. Therefore during the harvest season some people buy the harvested cereals especially corn cheaply and take them for milling. Unfortunately, the price of the flow is 5 times the price at which many farmers sell their corn. Consequently many of them cannot even afford it!
This project will therefore support the entire community mill their corn and other cereals so that they can be able to store them to prepare for the times of food scarcity. A small fee will be charged to maintain the smooth operation but also save some money to contribute the ever increasing administrative costs of RODI. We need $8,000 to purchase and install the milling machine.
If you would like to support any of the above projects or help us to find funding for any of the projects, Contact us.