The recipe for sustainable livelihoods includes many ingredients.
Iowa State University’s Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) and its Uganda Program (ISU-UP) use the power of education to develop responsible global citizens and thriving local communities that benefit from food and financial security, healthcare, civic participation, social inclusion, and environmental stewardship.
One key set of ingredients in achieving our mission is skills development for self-reliance. Several ISU-UP projects focus on helping Ugandans be self-reliant.
Community Income Generation Innovations (CIGI)
Most CIGI participants enter the project after they (and their formerly malnourished child) graduate from a Nutrition Education Centre. The income mothers receive through their chosen craft helps them continue to have and provide nutritious diets for their babies, children and families, alleviating relapses in the nutrition program. Mothers and other participants use part of their income for school fees, home improvement, and savings for food and financial security. The craft projects include basket weaving, soap making, book making, jewelry making, leather working, and tailoring.
Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP)
YEP trains Ugandan youth (young adults between 15-35 years who are either in or out of school) on the many facets of agricultural entrepreneurship. Gaining enhanced knowledge in learning practical skills in crop and livestock management, marketing, and leadership, participants grow towards self-reliance and enterprising adulthood.
Vocational & Life Skills Training Program
The vocational training program addresses an outcome of the global pandemic; a sudden increase of young mothers in their teens (13-19 years). The program supports these young mothers in improving their academic knowledge and life skills and provides training that enables them to engage in an income-generating vocation. Participants learn hairdressing, tailoring, culinary arts, or agriculture. Gathering together for these skilling projects, they gain additional support, knowing they are not alone.
School and Home Gardening Projects
The gardening programs work with young students– the next generation tasked with feeding the world. Pupils enrolled in school garden projects and clubs get hands-on experience learning best practices in local food production while earning funds for school fees and scholastic materials. Participants take pride in the ingredients they help grow for the school lunch programs and the agripreneurial skills and produce they take home to their families. Moreover, they come to realize that agriculture is cool while earning an income!
Currently, we cannot accommodate the number of mothers and youth who wish to develop their skills.
With your help, we can assist more individuals in obtaining the knowledge and boost they need to provide for themselves and improve their families’ long-term livelihoods.
Every contribution makes a difference! Be part of the first $25,000 contributed, and your donation will be doubled!