40-year-old Gertrude Namusisi, is a farmer who lives in Kikyusa sub county, Luwero. Together with her husband and three children, Gertrude planted beans and maize as their source of livelihood for years. They sold these crops to their neighbors and in the market. At that time, the revenue was just enough to pay for their basic needs and educate the children.
Gertrude’s farming methods have changed since she received training from NAWOU on modern farming methods, learnt the importance of joint decision making in a household and financial literacy on the benefits of keeping financial records.
“We decided to invest in pineapple growing after attending several trainings with NAWOU. Once we started diversifying the crops we grew and properly planned our expenditure, we began to see a change.,” said Gertrude. “We started off with one acre and now we are cultivating on over 30 acres.”
From harvesting only 2 acres of pineapples, she earns shs. 5,000,000 retailing each pineapple at shs.2000. Money from such a harvest can be used to prepare land for cultivation, hire workers and hire land to expand the pineapple farm.
By putting into practice what they were trained on, Gertrude and her family have been able to build stores for their produce, have multiple sources of income and educate their children up to university level. Their efforts were very successful!
“I would have never imagined owning a pineapple farm. I’m thankful that I learned the importance of having my own source of income as a woman and being economically independent.”- Gertrude Namusisi