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  • Fighting poverty, one sweater at a timeFighting poverty, one sweater at a timeSuzan Ezatia, a retired teacher, runs a successful small enterprise in Nvara ward, Arua Municipality. Together with her partner, John Ondoma, also a retired teacher, the two decided to form Friends Cottage Industry, a sewing company, in 2002. Susan, who acts as the production manager, devotes all her time to the business and John does the marketing.

  • Rediscovering agriculture for human development Rediscovering agriculture for human developmentKabarole - The National Human Development Report and the Millennium Development Goals Progress reports have been launched at a workshop in Kabarole district.

  • Infusing the Human Development Paradigm in EducationInfusing the Human Development Paradigm in EducationUNDP is promoting the teaching of the Human Development (HD) paradigm through introduction of a course in some universities in the country. This is creating a wealth of Ugandans who are familiar with HD concepts and philosophy.

  • Community Revolving Fund promotes rural enterprise development and environmental protectionCommunity Revolving Fund promotes rural enterprise development and environmental protectionSironko - Rose Nangoli’s herbal jelly has become popular in her village of Bukabombwe, Sironko district. Made from locally sourced materials such as avocado & aloe Vera that grow with ease in the Elgon ranges, Nangoli’s jelly is inexpensive and easily accessible to the villagers to who she delivers it to.

  • Bee-keeping saving the environment in Sironko Bee-keeping saving the environment in SironkoSIRONKO - Five years ago, protecting the beautiful mountain lands he grew up on was not 35-year old Rogers Wangoda’s priority. Despite the fact that they are the source of his livelihood, all he worried about was how to fend for his seven children.

  • Modern conservation helps farmers prosper in the drylands Modern conservation helps farmers prosper in the drylandsIn the Lyantonde district of Uganda, farmer David Muhoozi Kiseetula is seeing big changes in his harvest – and his life – after his farmers’ cooperative received a grant for education and instruction on new farming methods.

  • Bio-gas: Using cleaner renewable energy to protect the environmentBio-gas: Using cleaner renewable energy to protect the environmentIt is scorching hot in Kabarongo village, deep in the green valleys of Lyatonde district. Grace Kyomugasho, a widow aged 67 years, sits on the veranda of her house. She is a local farmer here. She looks after cattle and owns banana, fruit and vegetable plantations. She has two grown children and several dependants. She lost her husband in 1970 and has since been the sole bread winner for her family.

  • Small Grants Changing Lives: Makanaga - Wetland Conservation changes a community Small Grants Changing Lives: Makanaga - Wetland Conservation changes a communityFor James Ojowi, the vast Makanaga wetland in Bussi Islands, Wakiso district, was just another vast swathe of fertile land for agriculture.

  • New efficient Charcoaling technologies save trees in Kamuli DistrictNew efficient Charcoaling technologies save trees in Kamuli DistrictEighteen years ago, Paul Kironde had no job, and no money to feed his young family of three. Producing charcoal was the only available source of income for the twenty-one-year old whose one acre of land was only big enough to produce food for the family's subsistence, leaving very little to sell to cater to other needs.

  • An environmentally friendly building technology saving trees in Sironko districtAn environmentally friendly building technology saving trees in Sironko districtJoanita Gumonye, a peasant farmer in Sironko district is over joyed by the opportunity to have a new house, for fifteen years, she has been living in a one bedroom mud house with her husband and seven children.