Shine With Skills has designed a community-based sustainability project that will provide the tools and resources needed by youth, women, and other interested local people to fight poverty and improve on the livelihood and health, to feed themselves, their families, and their communities.

This Fish farming project is also aimed at improving the nutrition of the local people and the neighboring communities by providing cheap source of fish protein, and by putting to ultimate selfsustaining use of the available potential places of small scale fish farming.

Needs to be addressed

Rural unemployed women and youth in Jinja district face a triple crisis of poverty, environmental degradation, and land conflict.  Many are struggling to provide enough food to keep their families from starving.

Mothers often go hungry when their husbands fail to return with food at home, to ensure that their children can eat many women and youth engage in rice farming in near by wet lands. This is likely to result in the food gap. Despite this their energy sacrifice, they end up with little to feed their children and sale to by other needs. Thus resulting into the problem of malnutrition, when it rains during rainy season men always run to wet lands to hunt for fish. Therefore providing little fund for this kind of project can be seen as a solution for most family problems.

The specific objectivesof the project:

  • a)Provide employment to people in rural areas of Jinja District.
  • b)Increase income and standard of living in the community.
  • c)Show that unemployed and uneducated youths are not a problem to theCommunity of Kamonkoli but assets to the community
  • d)Mobilize youths, the local people to work together for common benefits.

Beneficiaries of this Project

This project will include both youth,women, interested fish farmers and will benefit these individuals and their family members, more than 1000 people. Some of the participants in the project will include fish farmers, sellers, buyers, and workers. Many participants targeted have lived in Jinja for a number of years, but have had limited access to agricultural support, and other government farm aid programs. Some of them may have been left out as a result of lack of land to carry out farming.

Due to financial and social constraints, many of theyouth,women have not had access to joining vocational institutions and have little means of generating income for their families. Thus this project may pave way to solve these financial and social constraints.