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Youth CBSP demonstrates how to pursue mixed livelihoods in Kole

Youth CBSP demonstrates how to pursue mixed livelihoods in Kole

Twenty-four year-old Okech Geoffrey of Alik Imalo Youth Association in Akalo Kole district has demonstrated that youth only need initial, short-term support and guidance to make meaningful economic contribution in society. After training in Agro Entrepreneurship and ongoing mentorship conducted by YETA, Okech with support from his wife Janet Acen (also group member) started offering CBSP services by ploughing gardens of community members and this season alone they managed to plough 15 gardens which earned them an estimated 1.2 million UGX ($300) that they used to buy a plot of land at the road side near the trading center.

For his individual business this season, Okech ploughed three acres of maize and one acre of soy bean. He expects to harvest about 2000 kgs of maize (worth about 1.6 million UGX). The one acre of soy beans has already yielded 250 kgs earning him 500,000 UGX, which he quickly used to start construction of a two-door low-cost commercial building intended to be a shop and produce store.

He plans to finish the construction works with income from the next two planning seasons and become a produce-buyer who will promote bulking among his peers as one way of accessing bigger and better market. This is just one example of how YETA CBSPs are pursuing a number of economic and livelihood activities, diversifying their income and becoming more resilient.