Through this Livelihoods programme, we aim to raise the household income of families living in poverty in a sustainable way. Many of the families that are supported through International Needs Uganda’s programmes are in desperate need of additional assistance. We support families with additional resources and support to grow their incomes through small businesses and diversifying income.
One of the main ways we can support families is through livestock and farming support. Families are given cows, goats, pigs, chickens or a
combination of these. Families are also given training and resources to learn how to care for their animal, and how to obtain produce such as milk, eggs and meat. This way, families can grow both their food security and also grow their income by selling produce and offspring.
As part of the programme, families commit to giving back to help others. When an animal produces its first offspring, these are given back to the programme. The offspring can them be given to another family to provide support in the same way. So far, over 70 families have been given animals and are reaping the benefits.
A Cow for Caleem and his Family.
Caleem is a member of the PTA at one of the International Needs Uganda primary schools. Through sponsorship, both of his children were able to attend the school. One of them was been sponsored all the way from primary school and he is now in the final stages of training to become a school teacher.
Yet life daily life was still difficult for Caleem. Through this programme, Caleem was given a cow. His cow produces an average of 20 litres of milk each day; providing his family with enough milk to drink, and also enough to sell to other families. By selling milk, Calleem is able to supplement his income. Caleem’s cow has already produced an offspring which has been given to another family.
Other livelihoods support.
Where livestock is not the best support for a family, we also support families with tools, training and resources to supplement their income in other ways. One common example of this is through the provision of sewing machines and material.
“My name is Prossy”
“As a subsistence farmer, I had no stable source of income and could not easily meet the needs of my children. I tried to look for support from relatives but they were unable help as they also had families to look after”
“Inaternational Needs Uganda did not stop at sponsors for my children; they helped me enroll for a tailoring course so that I can have an alternative source of income. They even bought me a sewing machine. I personally dropped out of school while in senior two. I am really grateful to God for this opportunity given to me”
February 27th, 2019
“My Name is Prossy
and I am a mother of seven children. I lost my husband in 2010 when my oldest child was in primary seven and my youngest was 1 year old. As a farmer, I had no stable source of income and could not easily meet the needs of my children. I tried to look for support from relatives but they were unable to help as they also had families to look after. God did it for me and I was identified by one of International Needs Uganda (INUG), who enrolled 4 of my children for sponsorship. Fortunately, all the children were found sponsors and this was a big relief to me.