Kampala — On the finish of August 2020, Ms Hajarah Nagawa was jobless. She moved from incomes Shs1.four 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 begin farming.
“I used to be uninterested in 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 yr.
A number of jobs had been misplaced as a result of firms couldn’t afford to pay employees because the Covid-19 induced lockdown pulled the plug on lots of their revenues.
“I used to be all the time within the area and barely had the time for my youngsters. I used to be uninterested in 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 thought 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 dwelling; 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 liked agriculture and after intensive analysis and visiting mannequin farms, I considered organising a coaching hub,” she says.
Nevertheless, her efforts had been drained after extended but fruitless proposals for funding.
Later within the yr, Ms Nagawa landed on a name for purposes from the MTN youth skilling programme applied in partnership with Ubinufu techniques, a software program improvement agency. Upon software, she was permitted.
She is among the 100 contributors chosen for the coaching programme whose purpose is to create formal youth entrepreneurs and job creators.
She notes that below the programme, she has learnt report maintaining 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 begin her enterprise with minimal capital and assets at her disposal.
“I’ve learnt that with the restricted assets you will have, you’ll be able to nonetheless obtain what you need,” she says.
At dwelling, Ms Nagawa has a rooster 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 dwelling consumption, we promote based mostly on the load of the hen, whereas birds for resale are bought for round USh35,000.
As well as, she crops maize the place she earns additional revenue.
Ms Nagawa harvests maize which she takes to the milling machine.
That is often 1000 kg of maize the place she will get 50 p.c of both maize bran or posho. That is bought relying on the retail value per the season. “At present, 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 hardly ever occurs as a result of as an alternative 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.
“Through the change, 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 gas and as a mosquito and bug repellent within the rooster homes.
The stems of the maize upon harvesting are additionally fed to the rooster as feeds which reduces operational prices.
Ms Nagawa additional collects the rooster droppings for use as fertilisers on her farm along with promoting them to neighbours as manure.
“I promote a 100 kilogramme bag of rooster droppings at USh7,000,” she reveals.
She plans to scale the agricultural follow right into a coaching Centre to extend consciousness and equip the youth and girls of Gayaza in city farming with the aim of curbing the growing youth unemployment within the area.
“Gayaza is slowly rising with many individuals placing up estates. Having bought numerous land within the space, the local people is left with minimal land forcing various youth to resort to quarrying, drug abuse and petty theft,” Ms Nagawa says, noting that she wish to practice the youth and girls in utilizing small items of land for business agriculture.
Nevertheless, the problem of capital limits her from scaling the agricultural follow right into a coaching centre she envisages.
“I plan to arrange a greenhouse, an indoor fish quarry, a yard farm, breed extra rooster and create an open on-line market the place folks can order and guide for produce for supply forward of time for those who can’t transfer,” she explains.
“I would want about Shs100m to scale to the heights,” she says.