Something is severely off balance in Uganda. With one of the worst economies in the world, the weights are stacked against the poor, and survival doesn’t seem possible. The average income of Ugandan farmers is just over $2 per day. With that meager income, they must decide how to pay rent and utilities, provide clothing for their growing family, acquire health and dental care, provide sustenance for their family, and pay for school fees for their children. Like we said, there is no balance.
We have created something that tips the scale in their favor -- a shop where they can trade more than cash. They can bring anything they have (be it vegetables, livestock, or milk), and be able to receive a trade credit towards other necessary items, like shoes or kerosene for a lamp.
Our goal with The Trade is to introduce a new economic system into the rural village where we work, to allow neighbors to do business with one another in their own context. This is The Trade, where lasting change is harvested.
We projected that we needed a budget of $4,000 to get The Trade off the ground. WE FULLY RAISED THAT AMOUNT! Thank you for helping us kick off this project! If you feel led to continue supporting, please see how you can below.