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Minga is supporting the Lubengoa Women Development Association (LUWODEA), founded in 2003 by a group of women seeking to improve economic opportunities for HIV positive women in rural Kamuli District of Uganda. LUWODEA’s initial project was a village savings and loan system which has been quite successful in expanding opportunities for women. Now, with support from Minga, LUWODEA hopes to help women expand their the economic potential and improve the nutrition of their families by offering training in sustainable, organic vegetable gardening.
Implementing a “train the trainer” model, LUWODEA plans to train 25 women in different villages of the region as agricultural extension workers who will teach sustainable agriculture practices and help community members establish home vegetable gardens. In addition to training extension workers, LUWODEA will further develop their demonstration farm which can help support the sustainability of the project through sales of vegetables, seedlings and manure. They also plan to raise awareness in communities across their district about the importance of vegetable gardening.