Project Lead(s): Eric Kaduru
With the world’s youngest population and endemic unemployment, family resources in Uganda are stretched and girls do not get the same opportunities as boys. Less than 50 percent of girls complete primary school and less than 1 percent finish secondary school in rural areas.
Education strongly affects reproductive behavior, infant mortality and attitudes on health. Highly vulnerable girls in Western Uganda commonly resort to risky behaviour, resulting in high teenage pregnancy and the highest HIV/AIDS rate nationwide.
KadAfrica offers passion fruit farming as a way to empower out-of-school girls, equipping them with knowledge, life-skills and health information. Girls become financially literate, generating through agribusiness the resources to practice family planning and educate their daughters — breaking the poverty cycle and building healthy communities.
KadAfrica provides a ready market for girls’ fruit, sold to markets wholesale and for export to cover program costs. Through this integrated and sustainable approach, the project will train more than 6,000 girls and impact 30,000 community members over the next decade.