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Small Grants Changing Lives: New efficient charcoaling technologies save trees in Kamuli district

Eighteen 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 more

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A daughter's right to property

Thirteen year-old Barbara Apire lives in Boroboro village, Adekokwok sub-county, in Lira district, Northern Uganda. Barbara’s mother died of Aids-related illnesses when she was 12, leaving her in the care of an aunt. Before she died, Barbara’s mother was running a successful grain business in BoroBomore

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Small Grants Changing Lives: Wetland conservation of Makanaga birds' paradise changes a community

For James Ojowi, the vast Makanaga wetland in Bussi Islands, Wakiso district, was just another vast swathe of fertile land for agriculture. Every year, the 37-year-old farmer would plant cassava, potatoes, bananas, and vegetables to feed his family and to sell in the market to cater to other needs. more

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Fighting poverty, one sweater at a time

Suzan 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 hemore