Tag: MasterCard Foundation

I bought a piece of land that I will transform one day


My name is James Akuku, a beneficiary of the TagDev Project. Thanks to the MasterCard Foundation and RUFORUM, I am pursuing a Master of Science degree in Food Security and Community Nutrition at Gulu University. With the continuous financial support that I receive from the MasterCard Foundation, I have been able to meet the basic needs of my family and more during the COVID-19 … Read More I bought a piece of land that I will transform one day

Returning home during COVID-19 was a blessing in disguise


I come from Karamoja region, in northwestern Uganda. It is also a place with rich culture, and where such culture is cherished. So, when I returned home during the COVID-19 lockdown, I decided to start a fashion business that would promote fabrics from my culture. But first, from the stipend I get from the MasterCard Foundation as part of my education scholarship, I enrolled … Read More Returning home during COVID-19 was a blessing in disguise

I started a business selling clothes and shoes


As a young girl, I loved to see people wear beautiful shoes and clothes. Even though I didn’t have the money to buy them then, I dreamt of a time when I could. That dream is now a reality. Today I run a business that sells clothes and shoes. I mostly use social media to market the products I have and reach customers. From … Read More I started a business selling clothes and shoes

I started laying bricks during my stay at home


Returning home after the university was closed to limit the spread of COVID-19 gave me an opportunity to engage in a number of activities. I took part in laying bricks, I planted sugarcane, maize, cassava, beans, soybeans and sweet potatoes. As a family, sugar cane growing has been a major activity we have engaged in for a long time. And during my stay at … Read More I started laying bricks during my stay at home

Piggery and tree planting are keeping me busy


Agriculture is one of the sectors that has not been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why when schools were closed and I returned home, I opted to try my hands at some agricultural projects. I started with a project of nine pigs, which I named Zero Waste Organic Piggery Farm. To help me manage the animals well, I have employed one … Read More Piggery and tree planting are keeping me busy

I was offered an opportunity to provide advisory services to farmers


Before I benefited from a scholarship from the MasterCard Foundation that consequently improved my financial status, my family was landless. We had no source of ready income, and life was difficult. This situation was further complicated by the semi-arid nature of the Karamoja region where I come from, in North eastern Uganda. So, from the monthly stipend that I receive as a student at … Read More I was offered an opportunity to provide advisory services to farmers

After a successful harvest, I plan to start a demonstration farm


I lost my dad at a young age. With that, came the uncertainty of life. I wasn’t sure I could go to school or complete my education. I was taken to live in an orphanage—Redeemer Children’s Home in Moyo District, in the West Nile region of Uganda. From the orphanage, I attended primary and lower secondary school until I won a scholarship to study … Read More After a successful harvest, I plan to start a demonstration farm

I started a blog to share business tips


My name is Brian Amanya, a first-year student pursuing a bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree at Gulu University. The programme is fully funded by the MasterCard Foundation under the Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev). Every day, I live by the vision of the TAGDev programme, which is to produce a cohort of African scholars who … Read More I started a blog to share business tips

My farm is now a demonstration centre for the community


Over the years, agriculture as a sector has improved the lives of many people who engage in it. This is what largely motivated me to venture into it. But I also wanted to undertake it on a commercial scale that benefits me and the community. Because most of the farmers in my community are engaged in growing maize, rice and beans, I also decided … Read More My farm is now a demonstration centre for the community

I looked at the good side of the lockdown, now I’m reaping from it


My name is Joseline Orishaba, and I come from Keitampene village, Kajara county in Ntumgamo district. I’m pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Information and communication Technology at Gulu University. Being a student supported by the MasterCard Foundation under RUFORUM, I chose to look at the good side of the lockdown, and it has turned out to be a great opportunity for me … Read More I looked at the good side of the lockdown, now I’m reaping from it

Selling handmade crafts helped me earn extra income during lockdown


My name is Emmanuel Okwir, a Cohort III student at Gulu University. Being a beneficiary of the MasterCard Foundation/RUFORUM scholarship helped restore my hope for an education. It has taken me places, and I have benefited from various mentorship opportunities during the programme.     I come from a family headed by a single mother, and life has not always been easy for us. So, … Read More Selling handmade crafts helped me earn extra income during lockdown

Education is a change catalyst


Aipa Grace Bekah is a second year TAGDev student at Egerton University pursuing Bachelors of degree in Agricultural Education and Extension. The second born in a family of three hails from Turkana County, Northern Kenya; a pastoral community. She believes in education as the only equalizer. She was brought up by her grandmother alongside other thirteen grandchildren. School uniform, books, shoes were a luxury … Read More Education is a change catalyst

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