Twenty-five year-old Collin Among of Obanga Twero Youth Association in Kole district has diversified her sources of income to support her family. With 4 children, the burden of responsibility is heavy on Collin’s shoulders and she says the training provided by YETA encouraged her to think “out of the box” and move to start a number of entrepreneurial activities to sustain her large family.
Collin borrowed money 300,000 UGX ($84) from her group VSLA and started to trade in maize and bananas which she brings on a bicycle from Inomo in neighboring Apac district three times a week. She earns a minimum profit of about 60,000 UGX ($17) per trip and uses it to invest in hiring labour to enhance her other agricultural business like ploughing of maize, beans and peas. She now pays school fees for her children. She has also bought a bull and has supported her husband start a small two room permanent house
Just this season alone, Collin has planted beans, maize and peas on about 3.5 acres and expects to earn an estimated 2 million UGX ($556). Using these profits, she plans to buy another bull and an ox plough which will allow her do large-scale crop production but also offer ploughing services. Any balance from this income will be used to buy cement and support her husband finish a two-room residential permanent house for the family.