Digital Volunteers & Social Media Creatives Needed!
Lend us some digital and/or creative skills to enable the ultra poor in our region both to 1) rebuild from the economic hardship arising from COVID-19, and 2) to build resilience.
My name is Anthony, a small farmer here in eastern Uganda. I have lived in extreme poverty most of my life, but am not content letting the status quo prevail. I am also founder of the UCF, a nonprofit social enterprise that you can read about on this site.
Our struggle is 2-in-1: COVID-19 vs endemic poverty:
The coronavirus has impoverished the ultra poor in our region, like everywhere else.
But, long before this pandemic had shattered our livelihoods, many rural smallholder farming households in our region had historically lived in extreme poverty, in particular due to the absence of reliable markets for our produce. And right now, people like us simply have nothing to count on in the recovery process. This is because our only means of survival (i.e. agriculture) has itself long been synonymous with extreme poverty.
Help us both 1) to Rebuild, and 2) to Build Resilience:
I am requesting every potential digital volunteer who is reading this, to help amplify any of the 3 things below, via social media, so they are seen by as many people as possible:
1). The UCF is looking for people who believe in the collaborative framework laid out by the Global Goals (SDG #17), to help the extreme poor in our region build some functional level of resilience, and thus move out of chronic poverty, by 2030. A detailed description of how we need those collaborators to work together with us, is available on this page.
Specifically, the solution that we need those collaborators to help us create, is an agro-processing plant that aims to create reliable market linkages for rural poor smallholder farmers in our region, as described on this page: http://ugandafarm.org/plant-details/
2). We have a fundraiser that is primarily intended to raise support for the same plant.
As a short-term goal, if this fundraiser raises $37k – $150k, it will help rural poor farmers in our region get back on their feet, by enabling us to scale our current sorghum project.
But, as a rule, this fundraiser is intended to enable us create a lasting solution to the main underlying challenge that keeps every farmer in our region in extreme poverty: the absence of reliable markets for our produce. And that solution is our intended plant.
Note: We are seeking a threshold of $15m to get this plant off the ground. But, as shown under “Funding Targets” in our current fundraiser for this plant (see link below), we will install a specific portion of this plant once the money we have raised is at intervals of $240k; $620k; $1m and $15m. That is, we will begin developing this plant once we raise $240k, and we will complete it once we have raised $15m in total. So, every little support that we can raise will make a small incremental beginning. Still, we can even do better, if only we could find enough helping hands to help us raise a little over $15m. More here.
3). We have a campaign that is calling on the world to get the Global Goals back on track. You may either help amplify only one, or if possible all, of the above 3 things.