GAINing Ground

It's been that long that this is what our farm looks like now...

It’s been that long that this is what the KadAfrica Estate looks like now…

It has been too long since our last blog post. And even longer since I wrote a blog. I apologize; but we have been busy!

The first weekend in March I traveled to the London Business School to present KadAfrica at the Global Social Venture Competition Regional Finals where we were the first runner up. I meant to blog to you all about that, but one thing led to another and I never made time.

Through the month of March and first few weeks of April my dad Ralph was with us in Fort Portal. Eric, dad, and I had an amazing time full of golf, homemade sloppy joe’s, and the attempted construction of a pizza oven. Again, I swear I meant to blog about that!

Enjoying a family game of golf!

Enjoying a family game of golf!

And then the weekend he departed we were approached with an amazing opportunity, that I again wanted to blog about. But this time I didn’t want to jeopardize anything until it was set in stone. And now I have finally made time to tell you all about the GAIN Project.

It’s official; the beginning of May we signed a partnership agreement with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to become the implementing partner for the Girls Agro Investment Project—GAIN. KadAfrica will be responsible for providing training, seedling, and agribusiness support to 1,500 out of school girls in Kyenjojo, the neighboring district to our home in Kabarole.

Our new partners!

Our new partners!

Each of these girls will be allocated a 240 square meter plot of land from the Catholic Chuch; CRS will then provide entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and life skills courses alongside the training and inputs from KadAfrica. And we will be responsible for purchasing each and every passion fruit at fair market value for transport and wholesale in Kampala.

For us, it’s a dream come true—watching our model scaled up on an additional 85 acres of production, and empowering 1,500 girls to become independent agribusiness owners. It has been a whirlwind month of meetings, driving the countryside looking for viable plots of church land, and writing a manual on the cultivation of passion fruit. But the hours of work are a reminder of how far we have come since beginning KadAfrica; how gratifying it is to witness the scale up of our model, and how we hope to continue GAINing ground!

Eric shakes hands with Jack, the Uganda Country Director at CRS.

Eric shakes hands with Jack, the Uganda Country Director at CRS.

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