Extending horizons and opportunities through worker cooperatives in Uganda

As many youths in Uganda face the unemployment crisis, the youths in Bwongera, in the South West of the country, have a different story to tell. They have...

As many youths in Uganda face the unemployment crisis, the youths in Bwongera, in the South West of the country, have a different story to tell. They have managed to create jobs for themselves. They have formed a worker cooperative to construct fish ponds for farmers. The group consists of 40 members that started in August 2009, when two of them were part of a cooperative group that was sponsored to attend a course in fish farming, in view of a growing importance for fish for domestic consumption and export. The two youths who attended the course decided to train other youths who had been engaged in construction of ponds but with no formal skills at all. The youths continued to operate as individuals and were hired by the farmers on a casual-labour basis.


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