This ongoing project is ROWH’s version of micro finance loans for women. Our experience is that most families have not a run a small business or probably even owned a bank account, so giving them money to start and run a business was often setting them up for failure.
After several discussions and meetings at the village level, we determined, and they agreed, that working together on raising pigs would not only have a better chance of making a significant profit, but would promote teamwork and enhance business skills.
Initially we purchased 3 expecting sows for the new team. Out of those three pigs, the women have established 8 new teams, plus 8 more groups have recently received piglets. These 16 groups are across several villages. The original animals are still producing for the team and currently number 35 pigs!
Pigs are a great source income for families. The per capita income for Ugandans is barely $400. A grown pig will sell for $150-$250. They may give birth every three months with liters of 8 to 12 piglets. A piglet will take about 7-9 months to be fully grown. One successful family has grown from a single female pig, earned for work on the project, to 16 great looking pigs. The mother heading this family effort is a great example for others on what is possible.
WANT TO HELP? Economic opportunities, especially for women, provide income and are key in empowering families. Often they are missing the father due to HIV/AIDS or were lost in the civil wars. For $150 you can buy a pig to start a group.