Changing Livelihoods Working with GADC – Shaban’s Story

Story compiled by Ogwang Robert Livelihood through farming – 21 dependents. East of Arua district in Rhino camp sub-county, you find Mr. Shaban Juma a soft spoken 42 years old man. Juma is married to three wives and has 18 children. Three of the children have married and started their own families while eight (8)…

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AS I LAY RISING – THANKS TO MERCY CORPS

From a family whose members would count on a thatched roof for protection at night, Josephine Aryemo is a secondary six drop out who served as a secondary teacher and found satisfaction in offering her service without need for a reward but driven by her compassion for the youth and farmers.  Josephine, is a 28 year old single mother, has a daughter, three brothers and a cousin who count on her for their needs . In September 2013, Josephine joined Mercy Corps for…

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‘Tis the season: Business begins.

As the start of the new marketing season looms, there is a high level of excitement across the whole of Uganda. For the farmer, markets have opened; the energetic youth are excited to find work loading and unload produce from traders’ trucks; the traders are thrilled to see business picking up, eagerly moving from village…

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The Journey to Commercial Farming for Ocan in Lamwo

 “I have woken up to commercial farming”. Ocan Joseph is a prime example of how, as we tell all the smallholder farmers we work with at GADC, farming can be a very successful business. By adopting good agronomic and financial practices, Ocan and many others like him are improving their own livelihoods as well as…

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A refuge’s life touched by GADC

Seeking safe haven from war in South Sudan, Joseph Wani left his home in Yei and travelled to start a new life in Uganda as a refugee at Rhino Camp Refuge settlement site in 2008. He left South Sudan with his wife and four  children. She soon gave birth to two more children as they lived in…

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Making money from farming – Komakech Geofrey’s story

After the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Mucwini was declared closed in 2009, most people went back in their ancestral land to resettle and start farming. Some people found it difficult to restart their lives at home and moved to urban centers. Those who stayed back practiced subsistence farming and most crops grown were for…

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A turning point for Mawimbi Geofrey while working with GADC under TRAIL program

Mawimbi Geoffrey is a 33 year old and a resident of Okol Village, Kal Parish, Mucwini Sub-county in Kitgum District and a father of four. Geoffrey joined Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC ) in June 2015 as a lead farmer and later was promoted to Field Officer, a position he serves to date . Geoffrey used to be a subsistence farmer dealing mainly in millet , cotton , cassava and sorghum. He moved from being traditional farmer after undergoing trainings on organic and commercial farming offered…

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KEEPING HOPE ALIVE WITH GROWING CHILI

I am Jenifer Adong, 29 years old and a single mother of two, a Chili farmer based in Lokung Sub-county, Pakalabule Parish, in Lamwo District. In 2011 , my parents passed away while in senior one and there was no one to support me through to secondary school. I went to different schools in search for a bursary which I hoped would enable me finish my secondary studies but was unsuccessful. I found rescue in the neighborhood, from a woman called Anena Alice, who owned restaurant where I was employed as a waitress, from which I earned a…

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