Prepared by; Peter Ogenga Abwola Programs Coordinator COW Foundation
For over two years Cing Ryemo can group carried out brick laying activities as a means of improving their livelihoods in Mucwini sub county, Kitgum District Northern Uganda. For a group which started with less than US$ 150, it’s no mean achievement given that they now own bulls and a cow which help them plough their garden and produce milk.
Cing Ryemo Can group member milking a cow got through bricks. Photo By: COW FOUNDATION
"From the nutrition education and economic empowerment skills got from COW Foundation we were able to establish a group and begun with brick laying earlier 2010. The group meets three times a week to carryout group activities," said Ayella Nixon chairperson Cing Ryemo Can group.
"As most of us are on ARVs, after a day’s hard work we go back home tried and exhausted, many of our friends abandoned the group activities and begun giving us a lots of excuses to leave the group.
However, for the majority of the group members, that was not the case. We were persistent, committed; hard working and the support supervision that we received from COW Foundation staffs gave us a lot of encouragement to make up to 7,000 bricks and later sold at US$370. We later used this money to buy a bulls and a cow which help us plough and produce milk for our families."
He concludes by advising the people on ARVs that they should not shy away from doing something they treasurer most because achieving success in any business requires passion, patient and persistence.
He says being hardworking, committed and persistent has helped them buy these animals which help them plow their garden and produce milk for their nutrition as well as generates income when people hire them.