HISTORY OF SOWING SEEDS OF TUMAINI
SST UGANDA was founded by Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi and Mrs. Rita Namakiika Nangono, who are both lawyers in practice and farmers as well. These two ladies used to interact with women in the communities in Buikwe and kasawo, where their farms are located. As women and farmers they experienced first-hand the challenges of women farmers in a market that is dominated by mainly men who are business men and not farmers. They know that the only way women can penetrate this market is by making sure that they have quality produce, practice best farming practices and always have access to information what crops are on demand in the market, know the different seasons and have access to weather information and also be able to travel to the market as a group with their produce. These women gave birth to this organization mainly to focus on women and agriculture and provide them with free legal aid and link them to companies that provide farming equipment as well as companies that can provide them with loans at a low interest rate.
Anita has found her voice globally through a variety of platforms and organizations, including Unbound, Kampala, Online UNV, Empower and World Pulse. Her vision is to work locally and internationally to support grassroots communities in Africa, especially the women and girls of those communities.
Rita has found her footing majorly in community development projects coupled with legal practice. She has worked with the youth on various developmental projects and fundraised to have a vocational center built for the youth and made sure that structures are put in place to promote vocational skills. Her vision is to promote the rights of vulnerable and marginalized communities in Uganda. As a farmer, mother and lawyer she wants to contribute to the development of her country by ensuring that poverty is eradicated through agriculture and women are more enlightened n their rights.
WHERE WE WORK
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Sowing Seeds of Tumaini is headquartered in Kampala, the capital and largest city in Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa, with a population of 41.49 million people (2016 World bank report).
Uganda’s diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and diverse wildlife such as hippos, giraffes and buffalo.
Despite being gifted by nature, there’s still immense poverty in the rural areas that are home to 87% of the country’s population. The illiteracy rate is 73%, infant mortality rate is 37 per 1000 births, and the average life expectancy is 53.2 years. Roughly 25% of the population live under the poverty line, and nearly 50% are food energy deficient (2013 WFP). 1.5 million people live with HIV (2015 UNAID HIV and AIDS estimates).
According to Vincent Ssempijja Bamulangaki the state minister for Agriculture, the issue of food security in a country that is endowed with two planting seasons raises more questions than answers. He further states, ’we still have problems in agriculture, especially in the area of food security. We need to change the mindset of our people by educating them on what to do especially when to plant, what to eat, and how to store food and as teach them mechanisms of expanding commercial agriculture.’