We are a small team, working with many other farmers. Our team was bigger, but we had to scale back because we run on a $0 budget for the most part. Our goal though is to attain self sustainability. And so, our team will be even bigger as we move along.
(See our previous volunteers and teammates at the extreme bottom of this page).
Anthony Kalulu – Team leader.
I grew up at the foot of Kagulu hill, in Buyende. I have virtually spent my whole life in extreme poverty. I later felt I could take charge of the status quo. And so, I launched the UCF in 2014. Please see a short bio of me under “Stories of Change”, on ATD Fourth World.
From the time I got the idea of the UCF in 2013, a lot has changed between then and now, as regards our original vision & envisaged working model, as seen in a release that we published in PR Newswire in 2015. This is due to a shortfall in resource mobilization (to roll out what we initially envisaged), and the need to devise new strategies as informed by the actual field work. But what has not changed is my resolve on ending extreme poverty.
Erina Kawala – Director, Community Outreach.
Erina, seen here donning a UCF T-shirt while hosting a visitor from the United States, joined our team in 2016 as Director of Community Outreach.
To put it in her own words, Erina was attracted to our work because of the “practical nature of the UCF’s approach to reversing extreme poverty”. Erina spends most of her time visiting our farmers with the UCF motorbike several days every week. Ms. Kawala has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences, from Makerere University, which makes her work with rural poor smallholder farmers even best placed.
Rinah Kalivare – Finance & Administration Manager.
Rinah has been on our team since March 2016. Here, she is pictured seated on the UCF motorbike that we use to make ongoing field visits to our farmers.
Not only does Rinah oversee our finances, she is also the local farmers’ most beloved friend. For seven days in a week, Monday to Sunday, she is answering phone calls from the over 300 farmers that the UCF currently works with. Not only that, Rinah also physically visits about 10 of these farmers every week — coordinating the supply of fertilizers to farmers with the UCF’s truck; providing farmers with technical information and ongoing training on pests and disease control or weed management etc.
Viola Namugeere – Farm & Records Manager
Viola, seen in this photo visiting a group of women that the UCF works with, is the person responsible for all equipment at the UCF; maintenance of the crops being grown here at the UCF, and coordinating plans to supply inputs (such as seed) to local farmers — whenever our capacity allows.
Viola’s interest in community work was partly honed by a career in public administration, which she otherwise chose to put to use in agriculture. In her final internship at Bugumbulya Sub County in Kamuli (2015), she was a catalyst on getting local households to construct latrines, plate stands and bathrooms.
Here are a few of our previous volunteers and teammates: