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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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Follow-up may 2021

General status:

30 fisherfolk 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.
Surprising outcomes from Phase 1: 20 households are reporting as result of “Soil in a Box” Gardens: a transition from a single meal per day to 2 or more meals a day.

Progress since last status report:

A: Assembly 30 fisherfolk households (“Soil in a Box” gardens) (100% complete
B: Planting 30 fisherfolk households (“Soil in a Box” gardens) (100% complete)
Ongoing
C: Earthworm breeding vermiculture
D: Maintenance
E: Agricultural Extension Services

Financial status

No financial stress – phase 2:
Amount in Euros 4.146 € was sufficient enough to honor project financial obligations as per the project budget allocations.

Problems/concerns:

  • heavy non-stop-rains ravaged various feeder roads affecting the project movement of our goods and services. The transport fares have more than doubled since the onset of the rain season because of the bad roads.  They have developed huge potholes and have become impassable.
  • every week each household harvests about 5 kilograms of (Cruciferous vegetables and Irish potatoes) which, if not totally dried within 24 hours would acquire mold and lose their nutrients. When dried the plants could be milled.

Attached documents:

Photos, receipts

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EXTENSION 2021

Name project:          “Soil in a Box” gardens for fisherfolk households – extension
                                     
Location:                   Shores of Lake Victoria, Mpigi district, Nkozi, Mawokota South Constituency, Uganda

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

Description of the project:

With the purchase of a dewatering and grinding machine, the vegetables and potatoes, yield from the vertical vegetable gardens, can be dried, ground and packed.

Beneficiaries:

About 50 fishing families will jointly use the machine to make and sell bakery products, bread and biscuits.

Budget:

9766 €

Risks:

No risks

Attached documents:

Schematic of the machine, budget

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