Success Story: Catering to Women Empowerment

The Tusuubira Women’s Development Group is located in Masaba village of Buikwe district. The group was established in 2005 when a group of women from Masaba village decided to come together in order to change their welfare and household status. Their first group activity was casual labour. At that time the group was approached by the area counselor who took 3 of its members for a capacity building workshop in agriculture and animal rearing with support from Bukunja Rural Women and Youth Association (BRUWAYS). From the training, the members came back with 3 piglets and started a group enterprise of pig rearing, which encouraged other women to join the group. In addition to piggery, the group acquired a piece of land and started growing maize and beans for profit.

In 2006, the group came up with an idea of dealing in catering services; however, they did not have all the necessary equipment to start the business and also had few management skills. Their first engagement brought in 40,000 UGX, using all materials from the different group members’ households. That year, they got a cooking contract from World Vision which earned the group 1,000,000 UGX and many following catering jobs for World Vision. The profit enabled the group to buy a tent (100 seater), chairs and serving dishes.

Towards the end of 2011, the group approached YARD who agreed to come and work with them in 2012. The group was able to get different trainings in agriculture, farming as a business, community visioning, marketing, PM&E, sanitation and hygiene, group strengthening, vegetable growing and nutrition. They managed to come up with both individual- and group objectives, such as improved household sanitation and welfare, access to clean water, food security, improved income through collective marketing, purchase of more tents and chairs, and the purchase of a group motorcycle.

Today the group boosts of food security, increased incomes, improved gender relations and household welfare, access to clean and safe water through water tanks, ability to pay school fees for their children, improved living standards through construction and renovation of houses, group saving and credit, being role models to other farmer groups from different organizations, a group garden, 6 tents with 600 chairs and other modern catering equipment. The group has been able to offer their catering services to different people, organizations and other institutions. Additionally, utilizing farming as a business and marketing maize and beans collectively, the group is using some of their own produce for their catering jobs.