Nsamizi Livelihood Sector

Objective: Self-reliance and livelihoods improved

Majority of the refugees in Uganda remain dependent on food aid from WFP, with the PSNs and new arrivals depending 100% on food aid. This has been worsened by the state of the environment in in most refugee camps in Uganda and the fragile situation in Burundi and Congo resulting in new asylum seekers as well as spontaneous departures of refugees from settlements. As populations are dynamic, increase due to natural growth within the settlements also increases the strain on the household economy. In past years’, livelihood interventions emphasized agricultural rather than non-agricultural livelihood options such as micro-finance, business skills and opportunities, income generating, talents growth and support etc. To address the above challenges, emphasis is focused on new arrivals and PSNs and other individual households accessing improved seeds, establishment of vegetable gardens and fish pond farming. Most beneficiaries find it difficult to access credits for business development; sell their produce at a good price therefore, necessitating the construction of produce stores for bulking and marketing, providing support to SACCOs and VSLAs micro-credit to farmers to improve their livelihoods, providing skills training in vocational, ICT and business management and also support towards youth talent and other income generating activities.

Summary of Activities: Training in agronomic practices , Distribution of crop and vegetable seeds, Establishment of vegetable nursery beds, Formation and strengthening of livelihood groups, Facilitating skills training in carpentry, tailoring, and Business, Provision of VSLA kits to VSLA groups, Provision of micro-credit through revolving fund and VSLAs, Promotion of rice growing in the settlement, Formation of talent youth group for livelihood support, Support to PSNs, new arrivals and youth talent with startup kits, Mobilization for computer skills training, and Provision of internet services.

Distribution of vegetable seedlings to a community of Byabakora, Kyaka refugee settlement

Training on use of liquid and composite manure in Juru D, Nakivale Resettlement

Tupendane group in mahani b-Rwamwanja settlement pose for a group photo after training on modern methods of beekeeping, there were give modern beehives (KTB) as a start-up for their farming activity.

Nsamizi in partnership with UNHCR Provide internet support to the refugee community Centre (CTA) that has enabled a number refugee youths communicate with their families and also  gain access to e-jobs to improve on their livelihoods

Nsamizi in partnership with CTA&SCU train POC’s in vocational skills and ICT. In the picture, 15 successful candidates attended a graduation and were awarded certificates.

Nsamzi  monitoring  a vegetable backyard gardens of a HH that was supported with vegetable seeds in Ntenungi-Rwamwanja


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