14 Sep
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I Have Benefited From Baylor’s Empowerment Scheme

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My name is Nantege RebeccaI am 48yrs old. I live and work in Seeta. Ihave two grown daughters.PriscillahNamubiru(24yrs) andNagadya Brenda (22yrs).PriscillahandIare HIV positive. I used to sell stationery in the city center however, the income was not enough to carter to the needs of my family and me. In 2014 I received knowledge and skills on entrepreneurship through Baylor’s empowerment scheme, and using 700,000Ugx that I had from personal savings, I started pig farming. I bought one male and two female pigs. Eight months later, both of the females produced 8 piglets, so I had 16 piglets in total. I sold each at 70,000Ugx. In two months I had sold them all and earned myself more than 1mil Uganda shillings. Just After three months, the females produced again. This time, one produced 10 piglets and the other 12 piglets. All except five (three female and two male) died of diarrhea. One pig consumes 25,000Ugx worth of food every month. It is a costly business but I have also acquired many benefits from it. I have started teaching other people in the community how to do this business and so far, I have taught three people. Each paid me 50,000Ugx. Children from a nursery in the community are brought here to learn about pig farming. And one time, a man brought his wife to be taught by me. She now has four pigs of her own.My pigs are well known for their quality and many in the community anticipate the birth of my piglets.

Besides pig farming,I provide catering services on the weekend. I get paid 50,000 to help cook at different functions. I also sell some of the bananas I grow in the backyard around the community. Recently, I started making bricks and will be selling the very first lot soon. I also bought half an acre of land in Mukono district and will soon be planting my first set of crops in the near future. Anything that earns me money, I do it. I now want to learn about biogas so that I can use it for cooking, but also to help power my community. Many here do not have access to electricity.  My life has improved in many ways. Before I dint have electricity but now I have solar power and a television set. I didn’t have transport to pick medication from the clinic. But now I am able to provide comfortably for my two daughters and I. I have already put up structures for their houses. Even after they have been married, they can rent them out and have additional income.

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