Mama Mango Women’s Development Group is a community-based organization located in Katikamu subcounty, dedicated to producing high-quality juice from pineapples, mangoes, and hibiscus. Thanks to the capacity building provided by the National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU), the group has made remarkable strides in their trade. In this article, we will delve into the success story of Mama Mango, highlighting the impact of NAWOU’s support and the group’s achievements since then.
Before NAWOU’s intervention, Mama Mango had only one saucepan to prepare juice, which they did using firewood. As a result, the juice they produced was of poor quality and had a smoky smell, making it difficult to sell. However, after receiving gear and equipment, including a juice boiler, large saucepans with lids, storage buckets, cups, a high-quality sanitizer, and a weighing scale from NAWOU, the group’s productivity increased significantly. They are now able to package and present neat products to clients, producing up to 25 cartons per month.
Mama Mango’s success is also attributed to their collaboration with the MERISA Women’s Group, who trained them on how to improve the quality of their juice. With the current quality of their juice, they are optimistic that the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) will give them the Q mark soon.
Besides juice production, the group has smaller groups that engage in liquid soap making and catering, which also generate income. Members also have personal enterprises such as poultry farms to supplement their household income.
Moreover, NAWOU’s training on leadership has significantly impacted the lives of Mama Mango members. Milka Katende, the Chairperson of the group, has been able to assume leadership positions, including serving as the LC 1 Vice Chairperson of Katikamu Subcounty level. With the leadership skills acquired, Mama Mango members are better equipped to advocate for their rights and participate in decision-making processes.
In conclusion, Mama Mango’s success story is a testament to the impact of capacity building and support from organizations such as NAWOU. The group’s progress in juice production and other enterprises has contributed to the economic empowerment of its members and the community at large. We hope that other organizations can learn from Mama Mango and support more women-led groups to achieve their potential.