KadAfrica: Girls Agro Investment (GAIN) Project
Trainees are given a free plot of land to develop their own passion fruit farming business on for two and a half years. They are offered agricultural training, inputs, and courses in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and life skills. Supported by the enterprise, the young women then involve their communities in co-operative passion fruit farming.
The enterprise purchases the passion fruit produced by the trainees at fair market value, with each girl earning approximately USD 30 - 80 per month. It also creates wider social cohesion for their communities, who are able to learn from the girls and replicate their agricultural successes with organic passion fruit farming.
KadAfrica produces and sells passion fruit and hot peppers. The company, which started in 2008, founded GAIN and continues to be involved with the project’s management.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) provides curriculum-based training in gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship to the GAIN girls. It also helps the girls to organise savings and pool resources for their agri-businesses.
DSSD Caritas Fort Portal acts as the link between CRS, KadAfrica, and the Catholic Church, helping to secure contracts with parish priests. Caritas also manages 12 field facilitators trained as agricultural extension workers who work with the girls.
The Archdiocese of Fort Portal makes land available throughout six parishes in Kyenjojo District, Western Uganda. This land, divided into three-acre plots, is provided rent-free to the girls for two and a half years.
The 2014 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.