We are still a small team because, as you can imagine, there are times when our work runs for a year without a penny in funding. Our main goal though is to attain full self sustainability. And so, our team will be many times bigger than this as we move along.
Anthony Kalulu – Poverty Wrangler / Lead Farmer.
I come from a poor family, in an impoverished remote village at the foot of Kagulu hill, in Buyende. I spent nearly the first 30 years of my life in extreme poverty. Practically, I stopped starving (being unable to afford food) in 2014. That’s when I thought I could take charge of the status quo. My bio here. And here (PDF).
If anything, the theory that “to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” has held true for me. My experiences are what have shaped my journey. After a long struggle with poverty, I knew I lived in a community that largely depends on agriculture. I also knew my own struggles with poverty had a connection with agriculture being our primary means of survival. And so, in 2014, I launched the UCF.
Erina Kawala – Director, Community Outreach.
Erina, seen here donning a UCF T-shirt while visiting one group of women farmers that the UCF works with, 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, but feels she would rather put her knowledge to use with poor smallholder farmers.
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.
Maureen Nankwanga – Volunteer
Maureen will be completing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences in 2018/19 at Kampala International University. Maureen comes from a family where staying in the garden morning to evening is the only means of family survival. It is also how her family has been able to take her to college. When she graduates, she will be the first person to do so in her family.
Presently, she uses her skills on a volunteering basis, helping with all aspects of our work.
Want to join us as a VOLUNTEER?
The UCF has enough food and space for any volunteers who would like to render a helping hand, whether for a few days or months. Please let us know by mailing us on: info (at) ugandafarm.org. Below are some of our previous volunteers and teammates: