About 10 years back, I was introduced to the concept of Social Innovation and Enterprise in the EVOKE network. The network really put me through some good brain work that helped me dig down into my community, understand the pressing issues it faced, and then critically come up with the solutions to those problems.
During that time, we were faced with high unemployment levels, low literacy level, and hunger among others. When I thought deeply about all this and compared the prevailing situations with the many resources that the country had, I realised that there was need to venture into activities that would utilize the resources that we already had.
One of the solutions that I came up with was “having the courage to act.” I realised that I had to take action if I wanted to see change in my society – I had to walk the talk.
Around 2012, after graduating from University, I started a non-for-profit organization named AgroBoost whose main objective is to improve the agricultural sector of Uganda by: providing capacity building to farmers; and to help link the farmers to the buyers of their products. At AgroBoost, we are high believers of the Chinese proverb that says “give a man a fish and you feed him for today; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
8 years down the road, AgroBoost has done well in promoting agriculture in the country and tackling the sibling problems like high unemployment levels, and high crime rates due to redundancy. Since its start up in 2012, AgroBoost has also organized and facilitated a number of capacity building workshops and seminar in the countryside for farmers who we have continued to teach good farming practices.
As a way to ensure that the farmers’ products have a ready market, AgroBoost has partnered with big organizations like the World Food Programme which now buys the farmers produce at good prices. This has helped the farmers acquire revolving capital for their activities.