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“Soil in a Box” gardens for fisherfolk households – fase 1

             
Location:                   Shores of Lake Victoria, Mpigi district, Nkozi, Mawokota South Constituency, Uganda

Project leadtime:     1 year

Requestor:                Richard Bbaale on behalf of Supporting Orphans And Vulnerable For Better Health, Education And Nutrition (SOVHEN)

Description of the project:

COVID-19 has forced fisherfolk households to reduce the number of meals they eat a day. 
The fisherfolk households will start and maintain a ‘Soil in a box’: this garden is unique, with a vertical design and vermin-composting system which converts 9 square feet into 36 square feet of farming space capable of growing up to 200 plants per season, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes.
This project will be implemented in 2 phases.

Objectives:

  • these Soil in a box gardens will avail the fisherfolk households with nutritious food and helps in combating the problem of chronic malnutrition and micro-nutrient deficiency.
  • and can help create women entrepreneurs, because it gives them a chance to generate their own income.

Beneficiaries:

  • Phase 1: 20 fisherfolk households
  • Phase 2: 30 fisherfolk households

Budget:

Phase 1: 12.161.600 Uganda Shillings (+/- 2764 €)
Phase 2: 18.242.400 Uganda Shillings (+/- 4146 €)

Risks:

No major risks as Soil in a Box” garden can’t be washed away by the rains, running floods etc.

Attached documents:

Detailed budget, photos

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Follow-up of the project

Date:                    28th February 2021
 
Name project:       “Soil in a Box” Gardens - Phase 1

General status:

20 fisherfolk child headed households living with HIV/AIDS received a portable “Soil in a Box” micro-vertical garden to reduce, Post COVID-19, chronic malnutrition and micro-nutrient deficiency. A full Soil in a Box” wooden treated garden has 7 trays and each tray has 12 holes. This accommodates about 200 plants per season (mostly vegetables and Irish potatoes). And, at the center of this garden is a column-like vermicomposting chamber which converts waste to compost manure. We breed and place worms, which feed on organic matter to produce high quality fertilizer making the farm self-fertilizing.

Progress since last status report:

A: Assembly of 20 “Soil in a Box” gardens: 100% complete
B: Planting: 100% complete

Ongoing:
B: Planting
C: Earthworm breeding vermiculture
D: (“Soil in a Box” gardens) Maintenance
E: Agricultural Extension Services

Financial status

No Financial Distress-Phase 1:
Amount in Euros 2.764 €: was sufficient enough to honor project financial obligations as per the project budget allocations.

Problems/concerns:

no

Attached documents:

Photos, receipts

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