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Maize Farmer Cooperative - Pilot Light Foundation

2016 kanara (10)
  • Kamwenge District, Western Uganda
“Sparking Self-Sufficiency in Africa Through Sustainable Income”

Though the Farmers of Kanara Uganda live in the one of the most fertile regions of Western Uganda, realizing profits from their own crops remains a challenge. The 16,077 Maize Farmers grow upwards of 80,000 tons of maize annually, but without value added from flour production, storage and packaging they are unable to access broader markets.  By partnering with Kanara Maize Co-op and building a processing plant for Maize, the farmers will be able to realize profit nearly double to their previous ability. Through collaboration and education they can build a solid and sustainable economic infrastructure from which to sustain themselves and their community.

 



A Farmers Promise To The Community begins with a shared commitment to excellence and a partnership built on trust. Education in best business practices and inclusion in hands on decision making ensure suitability and success.  By building resources together, we create opportunities that can be shared by the entire community.




Ox Plows, Tractors and High Yield Seeds provide a foundation from which Modern Farming techniques can be applied. By ensuring access to Modern Equipment, Farmers are able to increase both yields and productivity. Education in soil enrichment ensures a healthy and sustainable crop for the future.




A Maize Hulling and Milling Plant will create the Added Value necessary to realize a profit from the Maize grown by small farmers in the region. Flour Production, storage and packaging, and the added benefit of livestock feed made from maize bran a by products of milling, mean the Co-op can generate income from a multiple products that can be sold within the community or to Wholesale markets across Uganda.




 

Economic Self Sufficiency We are helping to empower 340 (and growing) Farming households with cash crops that provide economic vitality and stability where subsistence farming cannot.

Community Development Farming cooperatives build community wide identity and interdependence though shared goals and shared prosperity.

Basic Needs and Education. Basic needs of food and shelter can be met and Families can afford to send their Children to school.

Increased Quality and Increased Bargaining Power allow for commerce to be developed outside of local community, encouraging innovative and alliances to grow.

Value Added- Direct Revenue from milling by-products such as maize bran which can by utilized within the community to vitalize new enterprises such Pig Farming.