Three Ugandan social enterprises are among the 15 African startups that were announced among the winners of the 2019 Resolution Social Venture Challenge.
The Challenge is supported by Mastercard Foundation and the Resolution Project.
The three Ugandan startups are AgriSan, GenFarm Financial Enterprise, and Pura Vida.
Based in Pallisa District, AgriSan aims to establish a community market garden for underprivileged rural women in the area.
The women will grow vegetables as a source of income and use leftover vegetables to fertilize.
In addition, the venture will teach women about savings strategies and other financial management skills to ensure their economic security.
It is a brainchild of Amanuel Eshete and Edith Naisubi.
GenFarm Financial Enterprise
Based in Northern Uganda, GenFarm Financial Enterprise will empower smallholder farmers in Northern Uganda through financial literacy training, access to agricultural technologies, and end-to-end services that optimize crop yields and labor productivity.
The project will also develop strategies to improve market access for smallholder farmers’ agricultural products in Northern Uganda.
It is a brainchild of Allan Busuulwa and Arnold Katende.
Based in Gulu District, Pura Vida is tackling food insecurity in the Gulu District of Uganda by developing an innovative greenhouse and food drying system.
The prefabrication bamboo greenhouse will ensure families can grow food during the dry season, and dry their produce in the wet season-ultimately increasing their food security, health, and household income.
It was started by Grace Aguti and Peter Onyango.
Aside from the Ugandan social enterprises, others were picked from Kenya, Cameroon, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Malawi, Lebanon, Ghana and Gambia.
The 15 will receive seed funding, mentorship, and access to a network of global changemakers to pursue impactful projects in their communities.
The Resolution Social Venture Challenge is a collaboration between the Mastercard Foundation and The Resolution Project and provides a pathway to action for socially responsible young leaders who want to create change that matters.
Ashley Collier, Senior Program Manager, Youth Engagement at the Mastercard Foundation said, “By winning the Social Venture Challenge, these young leaders have earned the resources, network, mentorship, and capital they need to bring their ideas to life.”