I was busy laying bricks during the lockdown

By Nadia Manzubo

I held a diploma in Crop Production and Management from Bukalasa Agricultural Collage when I applied for and got the RUFORUM scholarship. The orientation for the beneficiaries was held in Kenya, which was an eye-opening experience for me.

From the scholarship, I have been able to pay tuition fees for my siblings, while at the same time supporting other family members with education-related materials such as books, school uniforms, and pens.

I have also acquired 15 acres of land on which I plan to set up a demonstration farm. 

During the COVID-19 lockdown period, however, I decided to engage in brickmaking. So far, I have been able to lay 12,000 bricks which I hope to use to build a house for my parents.  

I have also undertaken part-time research work with Non-Governmental Organisations that are working with refugee communities in West Nile in Uganda.

Apart from research, I also buy groundnuts in bulk when they are in season and store them to re-sell at a higher price in times of scarcity. 

All these activities are aimed at not only increasing the family’s income but also being able to take care of other needs such as school fees and helping needy members of the community.

I would like to acknowledge the support from the Mastercard Foundation and RUFORUM under the TAGDev project.

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