Uganda: Biringo Women Development Association

Biringo women packaging their Irish potato harvest for sell. Irish potato growing has improved their income .

Biringo women packaging their Irish potato harvest to sell.  Irish potato growing has improved their income.

 

BIWODA aims to tranform the lives of rural women by being instrumental in the shift from subsistence farming to high yield farming for profit. 

Project description

Biringo Women Development Association is a collective of Indigenous women first organized in 1988 and formalized in 2014.  BIWODA is situated within the Buramba parish Rubaya Sub County, one of the 25 sub counties that make up Kabale District in Uganda. Rubaya Sub County is one of the poorest sub counties in the district and is lacking social services and development in general. Women in Biringo Village, like many other women in Uganda, are the main income earners of their families yet are the most disadvantaged class of the population with regard to income generation. Kabale district features subsistence farming  in which women’s main occupation is planting crops for home consumption. Agriculture is favorable in Kabale district with rains throughout the year. Women are the most marginalized class of the population in Uganda and much of Africa do to lack of incomes. They face several injustices from husbands, families and other members of the community as they don’t own property, including land, although it should be their right.

Women in Biringo depend on subsistence farming as their main occupation. What they produce is consumed locally because they do not use modern methods of farming such as use of manure to increase their yields. This results in lack of household incomes for paying medical bills and school fees for their children. Moreover, these women are bread earners for their families. In efforts to improve on their livelihoods and fight poverty, women are seeking to practice sustainable mixed commercial farming by raising goats, rabbits and poultry and using animal/poultry  manure in their gardens. Using manure can raise crop yields to enable them to have enough food for themselves and surplus to sell for income.

In addition to improved agriculture, BIRINGO is prioritizing the following women-organized initiatives

  • Micro-saving and economic capacity building among women's groups
  • Creation of safe and accessible water and sanitation
  • Reproductive health and menstrual hygiene
  • Adult education and literacy 

(For more info visit www.biwoda.org)

 

Project outcome

Students are invited to engage with BIWODA  to support individual projects including but not limited to:

  • research and share models and best practices related to target initiatives
  • help to develop website and social media presence
  • develop communications materials to formalize model and goals
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities
  • other ideas to be explored

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Variable
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration Variable
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer, Work Study
Who is eligible  

Core partners

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

24 Capen Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Start the project

To apply for one of the limited spaces, send an interest email to ubeln@buffalo.edu with the following information and one of our staff will respond with more information via email :  

  • Share relevant background information about yourself and why you are interested in a global project.
  • Review the list of current global partnerships, list the three you are most interested in working with and explain why for each.
  • Explain what you hope to contribute to and gain from a global project.

Note that global partners rely on the contributions associated with ELN student projects and commit their limited time and resources to working with students. Accordingly, different projects will require varying amounts of time and strong commitment and follow through.  

Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  1. Examine the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the history of the framework. Then select one SDG to focus on as you work through your project.
  2. Download and complete this PowerPoint template.