We have provided business development services and managed a portfolio of projects across a variety of value chains, and these include coffee, cocoa, tea, cereals, and legumes (beans, soya beans, maize, and peanuts; rice and cassava) as well as community tourism projects.
Presently, we are managing 35 USADF grants. Below are some of the past and current grants we are managing in different value chains:
This is one of our best-performing sectors. Some of our clients include Kibinge Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited and Biganda Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited both based in Bukomansimbi District; Central Coffee Farmers Association Limited, Wakiso District but serving Coffee Famers from Luweero, Mubende, Masaka, and Mpigi Districts; Bufumbo Organic Farmers Association Limited, Mbale District; Bukonzo Organic Cooperative Union Limited, Kasese District. With the right BDS and grant management support; a number of these clients are now processing and exporting certified coffee.
Recent past and present clients include Bundibugyo Cocoa Cooperative Union Limited and Bundibugyo Improved Cocoa Cooperative Society Limited both are based in Bundibugyo District. With our intervention; these clients have increased their export volumes.
Clients under this sector include Kayonza Growers Tea Factory Limited; Igara Growers Tea Factory Limited, Mabale Growers Tea Factory Limited, and Mpanga Growers Tea Factory Limited. As a result of the BDS, some have increased their processing capacity and entered the local market with tea bags hence penetrating the Ugandan market.
Some of the clients in the rice sector include Mer Ber A Cooperative Society, Nebbi District; Manafwa Basin Rice Farmers Cooperative Society Limited, Butalejja District; and Hope Development Initiatives Cooperative society Limited, Amolatar District. These clients were supported to acquire rice processing equipment.
Cereals and legumes:
Some of the clients supported include Kweyo Growers Cooperative Society Limited, Omoro District; Nyekorac Community Farmers Cooperative Society Limited, Lira District; Manyakabi Area Cooperative Enterprise Limited, Isingiro District; Agali Farmers Cooperative Society Limited, Lira District; Katerera Area Cooperative Enterprise Limited, Rubirizi District and Aluga Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited, Alebtong District. These were initially bulking but were later assisted to acquire processing equipment hence value addition.
Aratarach Farmers Cooperative Society Limited, Nebbi District; and Amatura Produce and Marketing Cooperative Society Limited, Moyo District, Sihubira Cooperative Society.
These were initially bulking but were assisted to acquire state-of-the-art processing equipment such as solar dryers and mills for value addition.
Peace and Conflict Resolution:
A collection of 17 Self Help Groups based in Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Agago, Pader, and Nwoya Districts of Acholi Sub Region. All were meant to improve on conflict resolution and peacebuilding through enabling income-generating activities.
Renewable Energy Sector:
A number of Smart Coalition Cooperation (SCC)/solar grants recipients include; Solar Today Uganda Limited, operating in Rwamwanja Refugee resettlement scheme; Rasing Gabdho Foundation Limited and Aga Great Works Limited based in Nakaseke and Yumbe Districts respectively; and Power Trust Uganda Limited based in Kiryandongo Refuge area.
Youth / Women Entrepreneurship and Nascent Innovations Sector:
Principally, these are Young African Leaders Initiative beneficiaries selected through Nelson Mandela Foundation. Grantees here include Khainza Energy Limited, Kampala District; Brenda Nantongo, MSCAN Uganda.
Community Tourism :
A USADF funded a community high-end Ecolodge owned by Buhoma-Mukono Community Development Association (BMCDA) which was built adjacent to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), the home of the famous mountain gorillas.
The proceeds from this lodge have been spent on community projects.