Innovative Lending Strategies in Uganda: The Coffee, Papaya, and Compost Project

Innovative Lending Strategies in Uganda: The Coffee, Papaya, and Compost Project

Location:
Jinja, Uganda
GESI Team:
Justin Cruz, Rachel Dance, Alex Domash, Caleigh Hernandez
Partner:
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Development Sectors:
Agriculture; Income Generation; Microfinance; Environmental Sustainability
Apply to the Program  
Summer 2013

Project Background

Working with a local microfinance institution, a GESI team in Uganda developed the Coffee, Papaya, and Compost Project. Building on community strengths and assets, the team developed a system of lending based on the growing and selling of papaya and coffee. These crops were chosen because of their potential for economic profits. Coffee has a high long-term profit potential, but takes two years to cultivate, while papaya has a lower profit potential, but can be cultivated within six months, for short-term profit realization. The team trained the community on composting techniques in order to increase their profit margins. This project builds off of a long-standing relationship between GESI and the microlending agency Budondo SACCO. The SACCO started in 2007, through the efforts of GESI students during the first year of the program.