Akidi Josephine is a single mother in Aleng village, Lira district. She got an unplanned pregnancy during her senior four vacation. This forced her to drop out of school. She looked for an activity that would help generate income for her to be able to look after her child. In the end, she turned to agriculture.
She one time heard of a group called Ogen Rwot child mothers that was receiving agribusiness trainings from VEDCO. Josephine joined the group so that she can be a beneficiary. The group is one of the many in Lira that are being supported by VEDCO in partnership with PLAN international under a women empowerment project, “enhancing women’s capacities to support education of girls among selected households in the districts of Lira & Alebtong.
According to the Project Coordinator Oola Kizito, the project’s objective is to increase income and food security of 3,500 vulnerable households through agri business promotion in Lira & Alebtong district by 2015. “Through this project, I received valuable knowledge on line planting. I applied this knowledge on my farm and experienced an increase in yields and profits,” says Josephine She adds: “one of the advantages of Line planting is that it makes movement within the crop area convenient. It also allows close inspection of individual plants.”
Josephine grows maize on 1 acre, cotton on 1 acre and soy bean on half an acre. Her farm is on inherited land. She recently acquired 120 banana suckers free of charge from VEDCO for multiplication within members of Ogen Rwot child mothers.
Through savings from money generated from selling her farm produce, Josephine with support from her mother constructed a permanent home. Although not yet fully complete, the house has two bedrooms. She also managed to pay school fees for her son who is now in Nursery school.
Josephine plans to buy more land to expand her activities. She hopes to go back to school to acquire formal training in Agriculture. ”Agriculture is my source of income, I have no regrets,” she says