Good financial management and food security is key in the development of a community. It provides a basis of sustainability and empowerment, which enables local people to resource their own projects. This lifts communities from a state of dependency on external aid and funding, and brings them to a place of inter-dependency, where each community member contributes to local development.
We have supported a number of projects that teach and equip local people in better agricultural skills, housing and education. The results are quite astounding!
Literacy & Micro-Loan Group meeting at the Church in Aberilella
Revival Time Ministries (RTM) projects have had a long association with TDT, with funding being sent over a number of years to run literacy classes, micro-loan projects and tailoring classes in the communities to Abarilela and Wera.
These groups have been growing steadily. There are now over 600 people learning to read and write. A further 200 households are benefiting from the loans programme, which is helping them set up income generating activities to improve their standard of living. One of the beneficiaries recently said ‘It is better to be in a group than alone because you can do more when you are part of a group’.
Margaret with a VSLA Group
Soroti Womens Co-operative Union Limited (SOWCUL) trains and oversees Village Savings and Loans associations in Teso. These schemes encourage members of local communities to form a group that saves into one ‘pot’ of money. From that ‘pot’ they are then able to borrow funds to help them set up ‘income-generating’ activities, such as small businesses, or other needs. TDT has been supporting these groups for a number of years, and has seen some great success.
Egweu’s life had become very hard for him in a Teso Town. He could not afford rent and food. Before joining Moruapesur VSLA he was thinking of going back to his village …
Over recent years, the autumn rains have brought wide-spread flooding on an annual basis. This has brought much misery to the people in the north of Teso, particularly in the Amuria area. During 2014 & 15 TDT sent £10,000 to provide relief during those floods – providing emergency food, water purification tablets and tarpaulins. This has been a tremendous help and has saved lives. However, with the flooding expected to return to some degree most years, a longer-term solution is needed.
The development agencies of the churches in Teso have been working hard to formulate programmes of activities to help local communities become more resilient to the floods. This includes training groups of farmers on growing and harvesting fast-maturing crops, providing an initial stock of seeds and training in new …