Social Investments In Rural Community Development 2015

 

Introduction

Project Green Villages Africa Institute, as a non profit, non governmental rural community organization, responsible for social investments, in rural community development projects, we have so far endeavoured to proceed with small scale social investments, in small business ventures, which are in their early stages of operations.

This has been possible, with full consultation, co-operation, collaboration and inclusive, open participation of local communities, as equal partners in social justice and rural community empowerment.

As part of our broader and long term development objectives, one important feature is to establish and develop innovative business platforms, to create jobs and provide employment, for income generation, to substantially improve household incomes and livelihoods, in hopes of transforming living conditions and standards of rural communities, at local community levels.

Our aim is to reach out and positively impact all rural communities, throughout West Nile sub-region, of north western Uganda, our main target area, for social investments.

To begin the process of our commitment, to social justice and social investments, to directly or indirectly impact and benefit members of participating communities, we have recently invested, in two new community development projects.

1- Goat breeding and raising community farm.

Following a few months of engaging with local community leaders, elders and members, to discuss social justice and development issues, affecting these communities and what they wanted done, to better their chances of access to vital resources, such as financial support, agricultural implements and inputs, education and skills training, healthcare and better medical treatment services, clean and safe water, dependable and sustainable sanitation, improved nutrition and better hygiene, just for a few to mention, so that community members could realize their fullest potential, for sustainable income generation and improved household livelihoods, we at Project Green Villages Africa Institute, saw the opportunity of investing funds in a sustainable, long term community development project, for breeding and raising goats.

Why goats?

There are five basic reasons, as to why we chose and agreed in principle, to invest in goat breeding and raising, as a good source of income generation, for the community, focusing on employment prospects for which women and youth, are targeted to be the main beneficiaries, among others.

a- Goats in general are fairly simple and easy to breed and raise, on a minimal piece of land. They require minimum labour, as they can roam and browse around freely.

b- Goats can breed and grow reasonably fast, therefore assuring a shorter period, on return on investment, besides being self-sustaining, in the long run.

c- Goats and various by products from goats, will be processed, packaged, marketed and sold throughout local, national, regional and as well as continental markets, including exports to neighbouring countries of Eastern DR Congo and Southern Sudan, in addition to the rest of an expanded East African Community and Ethiopia, which is increasing market, for skins and hides, as demand continues to grow, for manufacturing leather products in Ethiopia’s expanding industrial output.

d- It is cost effective and quite sustainable, community-based business operation, which can grow and thrive on small scale financial investments, prudently and effectively managed, while profits are equitably distributed to community members.

e- With a growing demand for whole goats and products made out of goats, a ready and expanding market, we believe that this is a viable financial investment besides being sustainable, environmental friendly, compatible with climate change, with a minimum or negligible of carbon foot print.

Products from the Community Goat Farm.

1- Breed and raise whole goats, to supply and ever growing demand for goat breeding and goat meat, in local, sub-regional, regional and continental export markets.

2- Produce, process, package and sell fresh goat milk, in local, sub-regional, national markets, with potential for cross border export market development, in the long run.

3- Produce, process, package and sell fresh and dried goat meat, in local, sub-regional, national markets, with potential for cross border export market development, especially within the expanded East African Community markets and the Great Lakes region.

4- Produce, process, package and sell goat milk cheese, in local, sub-regional, national, with potential for cross border export market development, within continental Africa.

5- Produce, process, package and sell goat milk soap, skin care and body lotion products, in local, sub-regional, national, regional with potential for continental exports.

6- Produce, process, package and sell goat milk ice cream and yogurt, in local, sub-regional, national, regional with potential for continental export markets.

7- Produce, process, package and sell goat skins and hides, for making leather, to feed factories, manufacturing goat skin leather goods, such as shoes, leather clothing, hand bags, belts, wallets and watch wrists, for a global markets.

    General notes on the Community Goat Farm.

a- The farm is called, “Fendu & Karube Community Goat Farm”. (This name has been chosen and agreed upon, by all community members, in memory and honour, of one of my great uncles, (Musa Khalfan Karube), who fought in Burma, with the Kings African Rifles, under the British Army command and operations, during the Second World War. In early 1950, he retired and returned home, in the village of Lodonga, to a hero‘s welcome, where he settled down, as a licensed hunter.)

b- The farm is on a three acre plot of land, donated by the community and is subject to future expansion.

c- The farm is community owned, operated and managed by local women, supported by youth.

d- Income derived from the farm’s proceeds, will be equitably distributed to community members, under conditions and terms agreed upon by the community, at large. With 65% of annual profits, going to community members, while 25% is reinvested in the business, once farm products become actively marketable.

Current state and conditions of the farm.

a- A total of 32 young and healthy goats and sheep, have so far been purchased and brought onto the farm, where they are being cared for and raised.

b- A properly constructed farm house, to keep the goats and sheep, has been completed and will soon be further and better prepared, for a more relaxed and healthier environment for the animals.

c- The three acre plot of farm land, has been securely fenced off, with security barbed wire fence, to secure a protective and safe environment for the animals.

d- Two young dogs have been bought from local Missionaries and are now being trained, under supervision and care of a trained, local watchman. They will be used to provide additional security, to protect the farms livestock and property in general, effectively keeping out any unauthorized intruders and or trespassing, besides warding off dangerous wild life.

Report developed and written by Mr. Augustine F.K. Yada. Founder/Executive Director, Project Green Villages Africa Institute. E-mail: augustine44pgvai@gmail.com or afkyada@hotmail.com Phone: (403) 473-3679.