My name is Miriam Ademun aged 32 years residing in Kampala, Uganda and a co-founder of The Goal club Initiative (TGCI). TGCI is an organization dedicated to encouraging the girl child to stay longer in school through mentorship programmes that involve school out reaches.
We also focus on improving the quality of life of the marginalized teenage mothers in society through our economic empowerment programmes and ensuring their participation in issues affecting them.
We mainly focus on girls because they face many inequalities in Uganda even in places meant for positive development like schools. Girls are frequently victims of school drop outs, early marriages, sexual harassment and don’t receive proper assistance to deal with these traumatizing experiences leaving them with no choice but to sometimes become teenage mothers.
Most pregnant girls are expelled from school and don’t return to complete their education and struggle to survive due to socio-economic hardships hence making the cycle continuous.
This Project “Restoring Hope” consists of building pig sty and each sty will be large enough to accommodate least 5 piglets to be sold after 7 months of rearing. We shall keep giving these beneficiaries piglets (male and female) as a means of them starting their own Income Generating Projects.
The first beneficiaries will be responsible for the spread of the project to the other members and would be members though passing on the gift of at least two piglets each. And in turn when these piglets give birth, we will require them to donate two back (male and Female) to the organization so that we are able to support another needy widow family.
Each group member will be encouraged to have a small room in which to raise piglets of their own. We shall support pig feeding with a variety of food stuff good for pig rearing from homes and farms.
The management of the group, pig sty maintenance and monitoring of the pig farms will be conducted during by TGCI staff. Group members will be trained on pig farming, marketing, business and farm record keeping and group dynamics.
These members who most of the time had been depending on their husbands for income are now left alone to take care of their children’s school and other family needs. Some of whom have been stripped of the little property by their in-laws can now have an opportunity and less exhausting activity to make income yet most of them are heads of the family. More importantly is the fact that they will develop the skill in pig rearing through training that will be from time to time improved as long as the projects continue.
This training on pig rearing will empower and provide easier occupation to children (the orphans) as well when back from school rather than being engaged in risky behaviour (violence, drugs, theft, fornication e.t.c). The consumption of pork is well developed in Kampala and supply will match demand. In fact, throughout the region, pork is the second most consumed animal protein which is cheaper than cow meat. The population of Kampala suburbs maintain an active night-life and will keep the pork joints active.
The Goal Club Initiative (TGCI) has organized groups one of which is a widows group in Bwaise, a slum in Kampala. Most of these widows are living with HIV and have no major sources of income leaving them with petty trading to take care of their orphans.
Due to economic hardships and idleness (because of dropping out of school) the girls have often found an easier way of making money by sleeping with men who are by far above their ages and some cohabit with other men in order to make ends meet and in most cases they are thrown out with unwanted pregnancies and this leaves them bouncing back to their mothers (the Widows) to provide accommodation to their daughters and grand children making the situation even worse.
After careful engagements, the group is interested in piggery farming as a viable means to improve their income and savings mobilisation to ensure their survival. Profits generated through the successful implementation of this activity will not only increase the income of individual group members, but also boost their confidence and reduce their rate of dependency on men concubines and tedious activities and the care of their families.
Sustainability of the project will be driven by enabling each member and household to raise their own pigs. This division is intended to stimulate individual members’ livelihood of the project and so, ensure the project’s survival. We as The Goal Club have experience in piggery and will implement this project very well while ensuring that community members benefit so there is need to expand on the already existing projects.
The USD$5,000 will acquire building materials, farm inputs, piglets, other feed components for the pigs/piglets, veterinary products and a deep freezer to allow for the storage of meat when all is not sold in one day in the open market. These funds will also procure building materials for the pig sty, piglets, feeds, grain, medicines and tools. We will buy protective clothing and first aid kits for the workers.
This is a one year Project but progress will be given on a quarterly basis.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Miriam Ademun (Uganda) – goalclubinitiative[at]gmail.com
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227 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #253: Building pig stys to restore hope (Miriam Ademun, Uganda)”
The plight of women in meeting basic needs in general is an ever present scenario, its even a nightmare for single mothers, young and old. Such an initiative will go a long way in equipping them with an income source to make ends meet for their families, Pork in Uganda has an ever present demand both in the rural and urban settings, its a venture worth making.
Thanks i hope it goes through.
Nice Nice…I like..all the best. I have always known u to be hardworking.
Thanks ..piggery is sustainable
This is great. Thanks for all that you are doing for our vulnerable girls. God bless the work of your hands.
The vulnerable girls need more than this. Thanks
Yeah…we pray for funds
This is beautifully thought of. Just stay focused and you will achieve.
Yeah we do approach many other potential funders coz we need to conduct other skills training initiatives besids piggery.
Piggery is one of the fastest income generating ventures and yet less cumbersome. Awesome project.
Thank you. In deed it is we pray for funds.
I live the approach and the model…this in deed is a sustainable project…and it will progress if the indended plans are implemented as mentioned.
Thanks Joan…this model is one of the best models
Miriam I like this initiative so much. There are so many women out there who are living very appauling lives and need support. I like the fact that beneficiaries will also have to give out pigglets to other needy families hence the multiplier approach.
Yes…it is very attainable and easy to implement. Many of our groups will benefit
This is a good initiative, very sustainable and easy to implement. I pray you go through.
Thank you Moses.
This is a very brilliant idea. I love the model
This idea is so sustainable. I pray i works out for you because i see it being easy to implement. Pigs don’t need a lot of care.
Yeah they don’t need too much care and this model is attainable.
Wow, Amazing love it. Good luck
Thank you. I pray we go through as well.
Tis piggery proposal is the best.
Thank you Samson
There is Market in Piggery. Good luck
Oh yeah lots if it. Thanks
There are many vulnerable women out there who need support and this is a very good model.
Thank you. We also pray for funding to be able to implement it.
A very interesting piece. I like the approach
Thank you Paul.
Thank You for your efforts in supporting the needy. My prayers with you.
Thank you. There are many vulnerable needy women, girls, children and even boys who need support.
A very well written piece and model.
OOh Nice to know. Thank you
I like your approach
Thank you. We pray we go through.
his approach is sustainable.
Yes it is very sustainable and easy to implement.
Good luck with this.
Thank you keep sharing in your social media plat forms to increase our chances of going through.
illiterate women every where need support. I like his initiative. Wishing you the best
With the low standards of education here in uganda yet expensive, I wonder how many more children are able to complete their studies in the next five years. We shall ensure that we jeep mentoring the children who are still at school.
Am interested in your piggery proposal
Ooh…thank you. Lets link up.
This is so innovative
Thank you. Creative it is.
I could not stop reading. This is a good approach
Keeping our fingers crossed.
Continue with this good projects that benefit the community.
Pray for us as well for increased funding.
Piggery is marketable ans easy to implement
That one of the reason for this choice.
Best of luck
:-$. Thank you
The purpose for which you have done this is very impressive
Thanks for the compliment. Yes the purpose is a good one.
Good business my prayers pls
Is it for girls only around kampala,hw are girls up country to be helped.Good idea.
Because of limited funding, this project will focus in the rural suburbs of Kampala then eventually we shall scale up.
This is a wonderful project as you grow, spread it to other parts of the country especially the east where there is alot of school drop outs.
Yes we shall spread. Thank you
Thank you very much
The purpose is impressive, the need is good. Best of luck
Thanks alot. Share on social media plat form
All Glory to Jesus, Continue praying for us.
Go empower them ….God bless your giving hands
Yes, these girls need empowerment
Thank you thank you
I believe this project this project will bring a positive impact in the lives and thoughts of so many helpless girls
Yes it will. The need is there, Many girls out there are suffering
Good luck. Good proposal
Kindly share on your social media. Thank You
I like the target group. Good luck with your ideas
This target group was come up with after several mentorship sessions. Most girls who drop out go through alot of challenges from food, health care, clothing, shelter and education.
I like, good to go Miriam.
Thank you. Share on social media
Piggery is selling. It is a good proposal
Yes it is selling. There is ready market and a greet way to empower the needy women.
Wow, amazing. Continue with the spirit
Thanks You very much
Women every where need support. Good luck as you continue to impact on the lives of the vulnerable people in the community.
Surely they do, that is why we have taken this venture
Best of luck. Implement as you have stated
Yes we shall. Ones the project succeeds we shall come up with indicators and implementation plan. Thank you
This project is motivating and inspiring. Good luck
Its nice to hear this. Share on social media to increase our chances
Good initiative. Success.
Piggery is sustainable and this project is attainable.
Yes it is attainable.
Start to implement. I will come and learn.
We shall be glad to receive you
I have a passion in farming i like this proposal so much.
Thank you…for us is about any opportunity to improve the livelihood of the vulnerable group we support.
Quite impressive, good work. Just plan to expand to other districts.
Eventually we shall expand. Pray that we get the needed funding.
Miriam, am wishing you the best.
Thank you abanch
Uhm..good project. I like the idea of beneficiaries giving to the needy.
This way we are sure to expand the project to even other districts.
Good work Miriam. Wishing you all the best.
Thank You Mercy.
Am in love with this project. Good luck
Piggery is a very sustainable project and this target group is good
We had to draft this project to focus on widows because of theri plight. They needed a lot of help and this is one of the most sustainable ways to do this as oppossed to giving them money that can even be misused..
This is implementable. Good luck
Yes Ronnie it is.
Good work Miriam, I would also advice that in addition to this the beneficiaries (widows) could also be brought together to start saving groups that apart from increasing their income they have a forum to discuss as peers some of the challenges they encounter or are bound to encounter in this work. This also serves as a good social protection network.
Thank You Fred. We shall slot in your advice and further still approach you for guidance. We will take this into consideration.
There is ready market for piggery.
Yes it is, We shall also do some marketing to improve the already existing market.
I believe in your efforts. It wont fail.
No it wont. We shall do exactly what we have stated.
Your target group is on point. And piggery is the best for them. Not very expensive.
After meetings with them this is what was agreed. And ye, it is not very expensive.
Plan to expand this lovely project
Definitely we will. Thank you
A well chosen project.
Thank you Maurn
There will be impact when it takes off. Am sure of it.
yes it will have.
The plight of women is not very good. They in deed need support. I hope and pray hat this goes well.
Thank you name sake. We pray so as well.
Include me in your project. I know your projects normally succeed.
Okay Sir we shall be in touch.
Thank you Immy
Piggery is easy to implement
Yes it is, that is one reason why we want to implement it.
A very focused lady. best wishes.
Thank you very much for the best wishes.
Continue with the good work.
Am sure if these ladies read these project they will be happy.
Yes, They are. The were even involved in drafting it.
Am impressed. A nice piece and goal.
This is very articulate. I like its focus as well.
Thank you James
Thank you too
Thank you Miriam
I will bring my beneficiaries to learn from you. Best of luck.
Your most welcome.
Thank you, Thank you very much.
Best of luck
This is a good approach.
Thank you very much. Take time to look at our website.
These women in deed need support.
They very much need.
Miriam, am impressed. Am wising you luck
Thank you for your comment and appreciation.
Are people with disability among the beneficiaries?
Yes they are, As long as they are widows and needy.
Yes, these peoples hope needs to be restored.
And in deed it will be restored through this project.
This is a good project.
Thank you Olive.
Best of luck, its a unique one.
Thank you. Thank you
There are many women who need support. Praying for you
Yes there are many vulnerable women.
Madam, This is a very good approach. My prayers
Thanks, like and share to increase our chances.
My sister, it is workable.
Its is very workable.
Implement in rural areas here there is great need.
That is our focus. Thank you
Expand it and look for more potential funders.
Yes, we will
My fingers are crossed for crossed for you,. Best of luck
Yes it is. There is ready market.
Thank you.Share on social media so as to preach the word.
Good luck to you and team
Thank you Janan
A good project for these needy women.
And the beauty of it is that it is not expensive.
Good focus area
This is very practical
Wow..this is very well stated. I love the approach.
Thank You for your comment
So many widows are denied rightsaftwr the death of their husbands. Good project.
Widows are one of the discriminated group in Uganda. Its funny that even wife inheritance is still a common parctice.
Piggery is easy to handle. Good luck
We will do our best
Thank you very much.
There is market in piggery business
Yes, piggery is really marketable.
The model is the best i have come across
ooh that is nice to hear. We only hope for funding.
These women surely need support. The model here is good.
Yes they need support. Thank you for appreciating.
Get into collaboration as well, learning is one way for better service delivery.
Yes we will. Thank you
Miriam, This is a brilliant idea. I love the approach and the target group. Wow, the multiplier approach is so well stated. Am proud of you. Good luck in your project.
Good work and good luck
Thank you very much.
Good luck with these lovely initiatives.
Thanks a lot.
This is a good project.
Thank you many.
Thank you Dorcas, It will be a grate project ones it takes of.