Changing the Lives of Youth: Urban Farming for Profit-Making

CRVPF uses the cluster approach where 3 – 5 organizations operate in the same geographical area jointly implementing projects. Our programs –Prevention of Violence Against Children (PVAC); the Adolescent Girls Power Program (AGPP); the Youth and Capacity Development Program (YCD) and the Emergency Program are strategically interconnected across the four countries of our operations Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. At the core of these programs, is the empowerment of youth through livelihoods support.

Urban Farming for Profit-Making

“I used to do odd jobs like cleaning in people’s homes, washing clothes, and cooking but never got much out of it. The jobs were labour intensive and at times people took longer to pay or did not even pay at all. Some of them were abusive. I enrolled in the “Her Future is Now.” program and I was skilled in urban farming. I learnt how to grow high-value crops such as maize, beans and vegetables like spinach, cabbages, tomatoes, and eggplants in a small piece of land.

In February 2022, using the knowledge I had acquired, I planted my first sack garden of vegetables and applied organic fertilizers. I started selling my produce in April and May 2022. In a day I earn at least UGX 5,000. I sell my produce at the market, homes, and restaurants. I am grateful that I can earn money with dignity. Although I still do some odd jobs from time to time, I am not strained like before.

I am also learning hairdressing to gain additional income. With these businesses, I am able to work within the vicinity of my home which enables me to take care of my child as I work." - Jane (a single mother who benefited from the program).