Kampala — On the finish of August 2020, Ms Hajarah Nagawa was jobless. She moved from incomes Shs1.4 million to nothing after tendering in her resignation to the Non-Authorities Organisation (NGO) the place she had been working in July.
Regardless of working for seven years for the NGO stationed in Gulu working throughout totally different areas of northern Uganda; the 31-year-old give up to start out farming.
“I used to be bored with the space created by the job between me and my youngsters. I then determined to give up my job throughout lockdown, when everybody else was striving to carry onto theirs,” Ms Nagawa, a mom of 5 remembers.
On the time, President Museveni was contemplating easing lockdown measures instituted in March that 12 months.
A number of jobs had been misplaced as a result of corporations couldn’t afford to pay employees because the Covid-19 induced lockdown pulled the plug on a lot of their revenues.
“I used to be at all times within the area and barely had the time for my youngsters. I used to be bored with the space and wished to be nearer to them, particularly since lockdown stored us separated,” she narrates.
The choice to give up her job regardless of the unsure instances clouded by a pandemic got here after discussions between Ms Nagawa and her husband which birthed an concept to arrange an agricultural coaching hub, of their yard.
“It was arduous at first,” she admits, noting that she was compelled to chop prices and focus solely on priorities to make ends meet.
Ms Nagawa owns a large plot of land in Gayaza, Kabubu. The land which homes her house; additionally serves as her agricultural grounds and potential coaching hub.
“On the time, the plan was to arrange my enterprise within the yard, in proximity with my household. I cherished agriculture and after in depth analysis and visiting mannequin farms, I considered establishing a coaching hub,” she says.
Nevertheless, her efforts had been drained after extended but fruitless proposals for funding.
Later within the 12 months, Ms Nagawa landed on a name for purposes from the MTN youth skilling programme applied in partnership with Ubinufu methods, a software program growth agency. Upon software, she was accepted.
She is likely one of the 100 contributors chosen for the coaching programme whose intention is to create formal youth entrepreneurs and job creators.
She notes that below the programme, she has learnt report protecting and monetary administration, taxation, innovation and digitisation amongst others which have been important in her path to entrepreneurship. By the coaching she was empowered to start out her enterprise with minimal capital and sources at her disposal.
“I’ve learnt that with the restricted sources you may have, you may nonetheless obtain what you need,” she says.
At house, Ms Nagawa has a hen enterprise with about 500 kroilers. She buys one-month outdated birds at USh8,000 and sells them between USh35,000 and to USh40,000.
“Minus the prices and operations, I earn round Shs5 million in 5 months. We promote in bits, as a result of some hens by three months are already heavy and prepared on the market.” She says including, “For house consumption, we promote primarily based on the load of the chicken, whereas birds for resale are offered for round USh35,000.
As well as, she crops maize the place she earns additional earnings.
Ms Nagawa harvests maize which she takes to the milling machine.
That is normally 1000 kg of maize the place she will get 50 p.c of both maize bran or posho. That is offered relying on the retail value per the season. “Presently, a kg of posho at market value prices USh1,200. I earn about USh600,000 from 500kg of posho. These are about 5 baggage of 100Kg,” she explains.
Nevertheless, this not often occurs as a result of as a substitute of getting the cash, she exchanges her maize on the maize milling store for both vaccines for her birds or feeds equal to her kgs.
“Throughout the trade, the dealer’s decides how a lot he/she is going to promote the posho. The worth of posho ranges between USh1,500 and USh2,000 relying on the standard,” she notes.
Waste administration and recycling
She additionally employs a rotational technique of waste administration and recycling.
After harvesting the maize, she makes use of the combs for gasoline and as a mosquito and bug repellent within the hen homes.
The stems of the maize upon harvesting are additionally fed to the hen as feeds which reduces operational prices.
Ms Nagawa additional collects the hen droppings for use as fertilisers on her farm along with promoting them to neighbours as manure.
“I promote a 100 kilogramme bag of hen droppings at USh7,000,” she reveals.
She plans to scale the agricultural apply right into a coaching Centre to extend consciousness and equip the youth and ladies of Gayaza in city farming with the objective of curbing the rising youth unemployment within the area.
“Gayaza is slowly rising with many individuals placing up estates. Having offered a variety of land within the space, the local people is left with minimal land forcing a variety of youth to resort to quarrying, drug abuse and petty theft,” Ms Nagawa says, noting that she wish to prepare the youth and ladies in utilizing small items of land for business agriculture.
Nevertheless, the problem of capital limits her from scaling the agricultural apply right into a coaching centre she envisages.
“I plan to arrange a greenhouse, an indoor fish quarry, a yard farm, breed extra hen and create an open on-line market the place individuals can order and ebook for produce for supply forward of time for people who can not transfer,” she explains.
“I would wish about Shs100m to scale to the heights,” she says.