Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Around 2009, in my own village, members were crying of drought and variability of rainfall which alter their farming seasons. As a result, household level productions were often falling short of the minimum household needs rendering people vulnerable to food insecurity. I told them that is climate change effects and is not about to end. The best thing to do is to diversify our sources of income which will bring us in contact with things that we are not familiar with, but will save us a lot. I contacted our district production department to train our people in bee keeping, fish farming, poultry, etc. A year later I visited few hotels and restaurants in town to make them aware of our little project. For those who took up the project I became their Savior. Working in this project gave me vision and the time when I realized how much I could do as a person. Now being motivated by how many lives were being helped, I told my cousin brother to work on a concept of forming a CBO that will promote economic development of this village and incorporate this project. He did that and Pangang Development Association was born, we expanded the activities a little and we push it to cover three sub-counties. This work led me to win 2013 international SEED award. The award looks at achievements in innovation and entrepreneurship which promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection. Basing on this, I was recommended by our Resident District Commissioner to the Netherlands embassy in Uganda where through competitive processes, I managed to go through to study a short course in organized farmers as partner in agribusiness, from Center for development and Innovation, Wageningen University. All these would have not happened if I didn’t take a bold step with this community. I'm proud of the journey i had to date.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We have great supports from Gulu University faculty agriculture and environment team in term of advises and books, National Forest Authority who are guiding us in raising tree seedlings and procuring for us the best tree seeds in the market. We have Tree Talk Uganda which is supporting us in training the beneficiaries in different modern farming skills including the agro-forestry. World Vision and Lutheran World Federation are our biggest customers for tree seedlings, and so many individuals for their guidance and support.