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Thematic area 7: Microfinancing

HOCADEO is empowering thousands of poor but active women to access financial services and enable them boost their small businesses in communities where they live.

HOCADEO through the Promic project aims at empowering thousands of poor but active women to accesses financial services and enable them boost their small businesses in communities where they live. In 2021, a new area was created expanding to Promic 3 which is currently working in Kikoora in Kakindo Parish. Promic 1 which was entirely in Hoima district was also put on halt so that major recoveries can be achieved from the loan arears which had accumulated.

HOCADEO managed to make a monitoring visit in Promic 2 and 3 to its clients who benefited from the Promic loans to see the progress of their business. The findings indicate good progress and growth of the businesses of its beneficiaries.

Pictorial of some beneficiaries during field monitoring visit with the PROMIC regional coordinator

Thematic Area 6: Humanitarian and Emergency Response

This thematic area provides humanitarian response to the displaced persons in Kyangwali refugees’ settlement as well as responding to emergency situations befalling the communities we serve like floods and other disasters. HOCADEO also supports Persons of Concern through the Shelter project in partnership with Catholic relief services where Vulnerable Households of the Persons of concern mostly considering the elderly, were helped to put up proper shelters since they are un able to struggle like their counterparts to put up descent shelters. This has improved their wellbeing, dignity, and also protection.

HOCADEO through the PHARVID project, made a humanitarian response to support the most Vulnerable persons of Concern in Kyangwaali refugee settlement. The persons of concern helped include the single Female Headed Household heads, and Un accompanied. This project supported these people with livelihood boosting, Health and Sanitation and also promoted good nutrition of the Households of the beneficiaries minors.

The project targeted to construct 148 (111 owner driven and 37 framework/ CRS led approach) housing units during the project period; All households’ members receiving shelter also benefited from hygiene promotion massages. HOCADEO’s core task was to roll out the software component of disseminating home hygiene and sanitation messages, as well as training construction crew groups in Business skills general mobilization of participants.

Success stories

Story 1: Now a supervisor

As a result of Business Skills Training, Tumushifti Balonza, a 32-year-old female carpenter of Tujenge Group in Kasonga, was promoted by her boss from being a mere employee to a supervisor because of her demonstrated skills in negotiation, customer care, record management and her ability to mentor other employees at the carpentry workshop.

Story 2: No longer childless

Clementina Zida, 63 year old female lives in Kavule block 105 with tears in her eyes narrated that “I don’t have a son or daughter who could build for me a house, but CRS and Caritas have become my sons and daughters”. Previously, the old lady was sleeping in a dilapidated tent, which was provided to her by UNHCR on arrival in Kyangwali settlement from DRC Congo at the beginning of 2018. By the year 2021, the tarpaulin got torn, since it was supported by small poles. It could not even shield her form neither sunshine nor rain. Whenever it could rain, her beddings could become wet. Zida shared that; she could sit in the corner of the tarpaulin till morning. She could be saved by the first sun rays to warm her body and dry old clothes which served as her beddings. Despite the poor state of the tarpaulin, Zida could share it with parasites and rodents such as rats, frogs, termites, flees and bed bugs. Additionally, she didn’t have basic house assets. She could use two pots she made herself to cook food, sauce and water to bathe once in a while during the cold night. When Caritas/CRS supported her with shelter under the OD Modality, Zida made savings which she used to buy household assets including a beddings and utensils.

Success Story 3: From a hideout to a home

Mateso’s old tarpaulin roofed with tent

Mateso’s new home supported by CRS & Caritas

Thematic Area 5: Gender and Development

We offer psychosocial support to victims and survivors of Gender based Violence in the communities where we work. This is to emphasis the need for serenity and peace in homes and communities for development to take place. HOCADEO through the GWDP promoted peace in families through sensitisation of Communities in Kagadi on the dangers of Domestic Violence and how to mitigate the causes. Couples are helped to respect each other and to understand the need of working together as away of creating harmony in their households.

These sensitizations are done over the radio and others in the community groups and this has helped many households to embrace gender equality which is portrayed in their willingness to share information, plan together, share productive work among many others.

        Bainomugosha Amon from Rubirizi B Villgage Mpeefu Subcounty who was trained in making sisal bags and shaggy mats.

Group memebers of Rubiririzi B peoples development group after training

 

Group members of Rubirizi A produce buying and selling group trained in shoe making and receiving the squarring and sewing machine to support them in shoe making.

Parasite protection on the latrine and water sources constructed by HOCADEO

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Group memebers of Kakindo tweyambe and Kakindo Tukurakurane from Kakindo village in Bwikara subcounty                                        making Liquid and Bar soap


                                                                                   Group members of Rubirizi A produce buying and selling group trained in shoe making and receiving the squarring and sewing machine to support them in shoe making


Parasite protection on the latrine and water sources constructed by HOCADEO

Thematic Area 4: HEALTH (HIV/AIDS, NUTRITION, WASH)

HOCADEO takes the health of its beneficiaries very important for sustainable development to take place. It promotes household proper nutrition, hygiene, water and sanitation as well as HIV/AIDS prevention.

The Gender and Women Development Programme (GWDP) in Kagadi district promotes Hygiene in households through sensitizations and trainings which have helped Households to have Kitchen refuse pits, Pit latrines, Hand washing facilities, Dish racks and kitchen utensils racks. The communities have also been sensitized on the dangers of HIV/AIDS and also encouraged couples to go for voluntary counselling and testing.

Through HSAP, HOCADEO has been able to promote proper nutrition by promoting the growing of vegetables through training households on the good practices of Backyard gardening and has encouraged them to keep healthy b eating greens as part of their daily meals.

Through Meals for Nutrition (MENU), HOCADEO has promoted the growing and eating of Iron rich beans, yellow maize and the Orange fleshed sweet potatoes in response to the high malnutrition cases identified in the Bunyoro sub region. This programme has benefitted residents of Masindi, Hoima, and Kakumiro districts where people were given the seeds and vines for growing. Throughout the project lifecycle, significant efforts were made to integrate bio-fortified crops into the diets of the target beneficiaries with emphasis on diets for children under 5 years and women of reproductive age.

Kisakye Irene a resident of Buraru village, Buraru  Parish in Kyabigambire S/C Hoima District, looks after 4 grandchildren. Irene used to have a dead skin that could easily peel off very often and her grandchildren were stunted when she started consuming OSP and Iron beans in 2019, she noticed an improvement in her skin and health growth of her grandchildren. I thank HOCADEO and HarvestPlus for supporting my family

The impacts of the dietary diversity were elaborated qualitatively, for instance one of the respondents shared that “Many young children who had suffered from nutritional diseases became healthy and free from the skin diseases, rashes, stunted growth, vision. Among old people similar testimonies were observed among the beneficiaries and the people living with HIV gained immunity after being fed on OSP and iron beans.” (Nutrition Focal Person Kakumiro District-EOP Evaluation)

Thematic Area 3: Environmental Protection and climate change

We encourage the people in the community to plant trees, use smart fuel materials such as briquettes and energy saving stoves to prevent environmental pollution and deforestation. We engage small holder farmers in Agroforestry, climate smart agriculture, natural resource management, climate change mitigation activities such as Carbon tree planting, improved water and soil management.
After a research conducted by HOCADEO, it was found out that the survival rate for carbon trees which were distributed through the RSL Programme to households in Hoima, Bulisa and Kikuube Districts stands at 66% and the survival rate for fruit trees stands at 65%. The survival rates for both carbon and fruit trees were 2,685 seedlings out of 5538 tree seedlings given out accounting for 48.5%. The tree seedlings distributed were planted along land boundaries as a measure to control land grabbing and this has contributed to the reduction of land disputes. The field monitoring also found out that beneficiaries have adopted agroforestry practices and immediate results include; carbon sequestration from the atmosphere hence climate change mitigation, soil erosion control, the trees act as wind breakers and provide shade in homesteads.

Mrs. Tumuhairwe Fauster of Kyakaboga prunning her carbon trees planted along the land boundary

Mrs. George of Rwamutonga standing next to her carbon trees

Thematic Area 2: Advocacy and Good Governance

We promote the respect for human rights most especially for the Project affected Persons of Oil and Gas (PAPs) in the Albertine region. We also empower communities in the Albertine region to participate in the electoral process and also demand for timely and equitable service delivery from their leaders.

Through Right to Sustainable Livelihoods (RLS) programme, HOCADEO has contributed the above-mentioned Outputs. The programme targets local communities within the Sub-Counties of Bugambe, Kabwoya, Kiziranfumbi, Kyangwali, Buliisa and Ngwedo and these included youths, women, men, the local political leadership, District technocrats, Civil Society Organization (CSOs), governmental bodies (NEMA, PAU, UNRA e.t.c), road construction companies and oil exploration and development companies in the region.

It has also helped beneficiaries to have a platform where they can demand and talk for their rights violated during the Oil roads Construction. In this category, we have people whose houses were destroyed by the heavy tracks working on the nearby Oil roads, those whose land was used but were never compensated, and also those whose property was destroyed by the poorly disposed soil damped during the Oil roads construction.

The photo above shows Ms. Bahemurwaki Gorret standing in front of her cracked house but also in the road reserve but was not compensated and the photo on left shows Mr. Abubakare Nabosi raising his issue to NEMA Environmental Inspectors along Kiziranfumbi – Kabaale road.

Thematic Area 1: Agriculture and Livelihoods

We support small holder farmers to improve their skills in the best practices of Agriculture and Livestock breed improvement. We help them to access better crop varieties, market information and offer them exposer visits. We also support the youth and vulnerable rural women acquire basic and DIT certified skills as an empowerment strategy to boost their livelihoods.

Thematic Area 1: Agriculture and Livelihoods

The photo above is of Ms Sokondina displaying her pineapple fruits for sell “benefits of improved planting materials and training’’

HOCADEO has been able to achieve the milestones below through the different programmes and projects it implemented in different districts. HSAP was implemented in Kagadi district, MENU was implemented in Kakumiro, Hoima and Masindi Districts, GWDP was implemented in Kagadi district, PHARVID was implemented in Kikube district and these are the major contributing programmes/projects to the achieved milestones in this Thematic Area.

Results Achieved:

  • 57% of the target farmer HHs (1,030) have adopted Farm planning practices.
  • 78% of the trained farmers (1,300) apply soil fertility management practices compared to the set target of 75%.
  • 60% of the target farmers (1,300) apply soil and water Conservation measures, compared to the target of 70%.
  • 75% of the trained farmers (1,300) are knowledgeable and use IPDM practices on their farms. Compared to the set target of 70%.
  • There is overall increase in yields per acre by 42% compared to the set target of 50%, for the five prioritized crops (Maize, Bananas, Ground nuts and Rice).
  • Maize increased from 1,095Kgs per acre to 1,400Kgs
  • Groundnuts increased from 403Kgs per acre to 660Kgs
  • Rice increased from 1,124Kgs per acre to 1,400Kgs
  • Bananas increased from 514 bunches per acre to 787 Bunches
  • 76% of the target farmers (1,300) have adopted livestock production and management practices, against the set target of 75%. 
  • Increased number of livestock per household (goats, pigs and poultry) by 138% compared to the set target of 300%. Goats 3 to 6, pigs 2 to 4 and chicken 10 to 24.  
  • Improved animal breeds in the target communities.
  • The farmers have been able to increase their profits through collective marketing. 65% of the trained men and women farmers (1,025) market their produce jointly.
  • Improved access to market information which is given monthly regarding the prices of commodities and markets which offer better prices, through a platform that was created to disseminate market information and other agricultural related messages.
  • The 63% of the trained farmers have adopted improved postharvest handling and storage technologies/practices to reduce post-harvest losses.
  • Increased access to quality planting materials by farmers. 80% of the trained men and women farmers use proper seed selection.  Most of the farmers (90%) use home saved and properly selected seed.
  • 55% the targeted small-holder farmer HHs (1,030) have adopted and use small-scale irrigation and household-level water harvesting technologies
Photograph above showing the shoes made by group members of Rubirizi A Produce and buying group.
The representative of the Ambassador of Belgium to Uganda Mr Alexandre Brec after handing over a dummy cheque to one of the VSLA groups in Kyangwali.
A photo showing Herbal soap made by group members of Rubirizi A
Above: Bashimbe Degaulle a Congolese refugee youth was supported by Caritas to acquire three months vocational skills training in Carpentry and Joinery. He is able to make furniture products from skills got. Furthermore, a local refugee initiative Planning for Tomorrow (P4T) signed an agreement with him to train 5 other youth carpentry and joinery. Apparently, he is able make some profits and meet household obligations. He hopes to go back and complete his course.

Success story 1:  From foot to Bike

Narwere Suzan, a beneficiary of Kyabeya village, Masaka parish, Nalweyo Sub County in Kakumiro District started as a tertiary vine multiplier in 2018 growing OSP vines on 0.5 of an acre and gradually expanded to two acres. Selling OSP vines and roots to different institutions, local communities and markets has enabled Suzan to save her income and investe in piggery and poultry a long side crop farming. She has been able to buy a brand-new motorcycle from her savings.

Success Story 2: Iron beans for school fees

Kikobe Sarah a resident of Mukaiha village, Bwijanga Sub County in Masindi District knew about MENU project in 2019A, during the awareness drives to promote biofortification of Iron Beans and OSPs. She picked interest in the project and started as a vulnerable farmer and in 2019A graduated to a commercial farmer where she bought 30kgs of iron beans and planted on 1.5 acres in agreement with the Nyamigisa Girls School to supply iron beans for fees exchange for her daughter. Sarah harvested 367 kgs valued at 660,600/= and exchanged them for school fees.  I thank HarvestPlus through HOCADEO for supporting the education of my children.