As January disappears as fast as it came, February brings with it clouds of thick orange dust, and a welcomed sense of security. We at KadAfrica sit somewhat comfortably knowing that the worst of the season will not affect us as it has in the past. Of course agriculture is unpredictable, but there are precautions that can and have been taken.
The hissing sound of water spraying from the drip lines is reassuring to say the least! As well as our staff’s “thank you’s” for the guarantee of water that has been absent years past. Over the Christmas season Rebecca and I were asked to discuss the one thing that keeps us up at night with regards to our business; where my answer at one time was water, I realized this is no longer the case. We enter the dry season dusty, but as confident as can be in Uganda’s unpredictable agriculture industry.
This dusty Road was flooded a few weeks ago.
When I think of what to write for our readers, I notice a positive change. Tales of endless rains and seedlings have evolved into stories of job seekers and individuals who stop by and make statements like, “wow these people have really thought through a good business.” Everyday as I approach the farm I am met with more job requests from people travelling to the Estate from all over the district. And while it’s refreshing to receive such a daily vote of confidence, it is overshadowed by the fact that I cannot hire every single person that comes to the farm. The hope and prospect of job creation in the village—something that myself and Rebecca have longed for—has become reality; as well as the realization that so much more can be done to ensure community impact.
Two months in, this year brings the opportunity to create jobs and foster income generating orchards for the members of our community; it also brings about the prospect of new businesses and the potential that accompanies hard work. Several agricultural ventures have materialized in the past month that KadAfrica longs to participate in. Right now, commitment to our model and the finite number of hours in the day means we can only take on so much so fast; focusing on what we know first and expanding later. Four seasons of avidly watching the show Shark Tank have made us realize the importance of devoting 100% to a successful venture; that planning for the future is important, but perhaps more so not expanding beyond one’s means.