Initiating an enterprise for a Ugandan NGO to improve local farming and decrease dependence on donations

A Ugandan NGO was looking to decrease dependence on foreign donations by initiating an enterprise that would provide additional income while positively impacting the community. Focus group discussions in the area revealed that highly fluctuating feed prices throughout the year were problematic for farmers, many of whom are only able to sell feed during harvest for a very low price.

By building a feed storage facility, farmers are able to sell their feed during harvest season for a fair price, and the feed is sold incrementally throughout the year to regulate the price. Some of the profits from this enterprise are then invested into irrigation systems to improve local farming efforts, and the project is self-sustaining. The NGO has been transformed from dependence to interdependence, from development work to an entrepreneurial enterprise which benefits those at every level of the supply chain.