22-year old Viko Gloria graduated in January 2017 from the Skills Training Centre Skills Training Center of Welthunger Hilfe. She is now a co-instructor for the Carpentry and Joinery class at the center in Rhino Settlement in Arua District, Northern Uganda.
“My performance was good and that is why I was retained to teach. I am already earning a salary and I also plan to make furniture such as beds and roofing material for sale to earn extra income during my free time”. With this additional savings income, Gloria will be able to take care of her parents and educate her younger siblings.
Gloria was among the youth attaining livelihood and labor market relevant quality skills to create jobs and improve their standards of living. Gloria was the only girl in her class. Moreover, the class that she teaches currently has no female student neither, nevertheless with her recent promotion she plays a role model amongst fellow young girls.
She is one of the few nationals from the host community at the center. The Ugandan Government programme ‘RE-HOPE’ focuses on integrating both refugees and host communities in its programme ensuring co-existence.
The European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) through Belgian Development Agency (BTC) promotes skills development as part of the Support Programme for Refugees Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (SPRS-NU). EUTF is supporting improved training programmes such the one Gloria graduated from. By working with national Ministry of Education and Sports BTC Uganda aims to ensure quality, standardization and certification of skills training for refugees and host communities.
Did you know Communications is one of the most evolving careers in the world, did you also know that it is one of the most versatile careers?
It offers result oriented jobs such as Public Relations, Communications Specialist, Public Affairs, Corporate Communications, Integrated Marketing Communications(IMC), Media Relations, Brand Management work, Corporate Affairs not to mention the most recent – Marketing Public Relations (MPR) and the list goes on…..
I passionately love my job due to the the versatility that comes with it -in office and field work. I get to execute my other love – film and photography;
In December 2015, I spent some days traversing Implementing Partners of aBi Trust where I currently work to document success stories and to carry out a photoshoot to capture intervention progress as part of evaluation. It was an amazing journey across South Western Uganda.
Today I share a few of the moments behind scenes;
Meet Prilla Basemera (in top picture) a Biochemist with RPN laboratories, Kyenjojo District in Uganda; responsible for the tissue culture innovation of coffee and Matooke in Uganda. I Spent time with Prilla while capturing shots of their work in partnership with aBi.
she unanimously made it to January 2016 page. #Photoshoot
Mitooma village is found in Bushenyi District along the cattle corridor of western Uganda and while agriculture is the main activity in this area subsistence farmers face challenges of financial access. As part of aBi Trust’ interventions is to mitigate this challenge through creating Village Loan Savings Associations(VSLA). During my trip I met a team of women that is part of Nyakagongo VSLA. It was such a moment listening to their stories form zero to millions of savings hence changing their livelihoods. They too made it to the aBi calendar, month of March.
It is always an inspiration meeting and listening to stories of change……. below are some others that i met and made it to the pages of my work calendar:-
That above was in Kabwohe, Sheema District.
And here is Nuwagira Geofrey of Abesigana Kashari Co-operative whose milk production increased due to aBi interventions.
My job enables me to spend time with stakeholders such as the above and through creating rapport with such people my external relations tactics are enhanced. The versatility in me is also enhanced through the creative pursuit of communications.
#Photography #aBi #Nofilter #Agriculture #ilovemyjob
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Agnes Ndrua tends to a Coffee seedling nursery at Busaanyi Farm, Mityana Road, Uganda.
Ndrua’s day begins with a five minutes walk to Busaanyi coffee farm where along with other women tend to the coffee seedlings in the nursery, the coffee mother garden, the main plantation and the value addition processing section.
“I am able to take my children to school because I earn a reasonable income from Busaanyi farm. Feeding the family and catering for their medical bills is easier” says Ndrua.
Before she joined other worker on the farm, Ndrua sold perishables which minimally supported her family basic needs.
she says “I am more satisfied now because am sure my earning will be paid every month without delay. The farm manager ensures we earn our pay on time and we are motivated to even work harder”.
Busanyi farm is established on over fifty (50) acreage of land with coffee, Banana plantation, horticulture, bee hives, Goat rearing, dairy farming among others.
The farm is funded and technically supported by Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) a multi – donor initiative by the Governments of Denmark and Uganda whose objective is to develop agribusiness in Uganda.
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Behind Scenes: Producing film Documentary on Success story of Grace Anyiying in Dokolo District. She will be out of this mud hut in one month to enter her brick house that cost her 15 million as profit from her Conservation Farming garden where yield doubled in two seasons. Grace is the role model of her village in Kangai.
Conservation Farming Initiative is a climate-smart approach implemented by the Cooperative League of United States of America (CLUSA) International and funded by the American People through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)