Epilepsy support association uganda

A MONITORING VISIT OF MASAKA ESAU BRANCHES ON THEIR IGAs AND THEIR GROUP PROJECTS

Introduction

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This report consists of income generating activities for ESAU members of Kyanamukaka, Buwunga, Mukungwe and Katwe - Butego and group projects. The report also includes the objectives, findings, achievements and challenges.

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Objectives

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To find out if ESAU branches have received funds to start up group projects

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To find out the Income Generating Activities that are carried out by ESAU members and how they have benefited from these activities.

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Findings of the monitoring visit

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Kyanamukaka

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As the group, the branch received 2m Ugandan shillings as Disability grant in 2012 and they all agreed to buy source pans and plates for hire.

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The project members are those that are registered with the Kyanamukaka Epilepsy branch, these include parents and guardians of PWE, PWE, Volunteers of PWE and others.

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The members benefit from the projects by borrowing money as a loan which is paid back with an interest of 10%.

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The branch chairperson second left explaining to the National Director and the Program Officer Justine Engole of ESAU about the progress of the source pan and plates group project

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Individual Income Generating Activities

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Members have individual activities and amongst these activities are; pig rearing, poultry keeping, goat rearing, coffee and banana growing. They sell the products and get money which helps them to sustain themselves and their families.

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Buwunga

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The branch members have a branch project of chairs which they run with other branches at the district level.

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Individual Income Generating Activities

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The branch members of ESAU in Buwunga carry out different activities to sustain themselves and their families and amongst these include horticulture, cattle keeping, pig rearing, coffee growing, banana growing and passion fruit growing. They sell their harvests or products and get money which they use to meet their needs

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The National Director of ESAU Mugarura Augustine - left explaining how to increase yields of passion fruits as the chairperson of the ESAU branch of Buwunga, Andrew Muwonge (owner of the project) looks on.

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The ESAU monitoring team visited the passion fruit project run by Mr. Muwonge Andrew the chairperson of the branch and they found that;

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Mr. Muwonge Andrew is operating on his own land which was given to him by his uncle and when the team interviewed him he revealed that;

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Having finished S.4 at Eagles Nest senior secondary school, he got a sponsorship by a mobile program in church to join Villa Maria St. Possiano Institute from where he learnt building.

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He went on to join building where he saved 650,000/= which he used to start to trading passion fruits at Brovard hotel in Masaka town.

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He then realized that he had generated market so he went on to grow them by himself on the land that was given to him by his uncle. In his first season he had a challenge of acquiring good farming equipments but later on he was able to solve the problem.

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He assured the team that he has been able to sell at least 5 tins of passion fruits every week at a rate of 30000/= each. And that at the end of the harvesting period he is able to earn at least 3,500,000/=.

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He runs this project alongside keeping pigs, growing maize and coffee, banana growing and keeping poultry birds. He does all these activities with his wife and they sell these products or harvests on top of selling passion fruits. He sells at least 4 tins of coffee in a year at a rate of 15,000/= each, sells birds between 5000/= and 30000/= each, sell each pig at 140,000/= and the maize and banana harvests provide food for the home.

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Mukungwe

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The chairperson of Mukungwe ESAU branch giving highlights on the progress of the group

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The branch runs a project of chairs which started after receiving a special grant of 1m in 2014 from the district. They used the money to purchase 48 chairs at a rate of 22,000/= each. They have so far rented these chairs out 10 times at a cost of 200/= each and have used the generated money to expand the project by buying more chairs and currently they have a total of 55 chairs. Last year they reported to district rehabilitation Officer of Masaka Mr. Miiro Michael on the progress of the project. They then sent a written report to the same office on 1st August 2016.

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Individual Income Generating Activities

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The branch members of ESAU in Mukungwe carry out different activities to sustain themselves and their families and amongst these include horticulture, cattle keeping, pig rearing, coffee growing, banana growing and passion fruit growing. They sell their harvests or products and get money which they use to meet their needs.

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The ESAU monitoring team visited Nakawungo Teddy the disability sub county chairperson and also a PWE and parent with a PWE and they found that;

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She runs a piggery project of her own and she got this project through basic need organization in 2014 where they were given two pigs in a group of 10 people and every member was supposed to benefit by getting a pig from another. She happened to be amongst the first beneficiaries and now she was able to multiply her pigs to about 20 and sold some of them at a rate of 100,000/= and 250,000/=.

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She was also given sweet potatoes veins, avocadoes and mangoes which she grows with coffee and bananas. She sells coffee and gets around 200000/= per year and bananas, sweet potatoes, mangoes, paw paws provide food for the homes.

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She also informed the team that she uses family labor to run all the Income Generating activities at home.

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Katwe - Butego

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Meeting with the branch members of Katwe - Butego

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The branch members are running a chair project at the district and they run it with other ESAU branches in Masaka.

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Individual Income Generating Activities

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The ESAU members of Katwe Butengo carry out different activities in order to get income and amongst these are; coffee growing, tailoring, hawking, pineapple growing, banana growing, cattle keeping and also practice poultry keeping.

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Achievements

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Members have been able to generate some income from the activities they carry out and the branch projects hence meeting their needs.

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Challenges

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There is still a challenge of price fluctuations of the agriculture products since most of the members are involved in agriculture.

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There is still a challenge of accessing funds to start up branch projects because of limited funds at the sub county and at the district

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Conclusion

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ESAU branch members should continue lobbying funds through proposal writing at the district and Sub County to enable them sustain their branches.