On Thursday, Letshego officially handed over the poultry projects to respective farmers and beneficiaries that took part in the “ImprovingLife Campaign”(ILC). This is in line with Letshego’sStrategicSocialInvestment(SSI)policy, which aims at bettering the livelihoods of the low and middle-income communities.
The ILC campaign, picked exemplary and model farmers from the four regions in the country that were already existing Letshego customers and were undertaking initiatives that were bettering themselves and the communities within which they resided.
“The ILC project actually spanned across all our 11 markets in Africa. For Uganda, in light of the fact that agriculture is the backbone of our economy, it is no wonder that we opted for a project in this space. Furthermore, we didn’t only want to reward respective individuals but also for those individuals to better their communities with the initiative we were presenting them with,” Aijukwe Giles, the CEO elaborated.
To select the ideal entrepreneurs for participation, Letshego appointed a robust panel of judges to select the final winners; they comprised of Dr. WilbrodOkecho (Microfinance consultant), Mr. Athanasius Mwesigye (Director Komunda Investment Ltd), and Mrs. Flavia Bwire. A total of 1167 applicants made their submissions where four were identified from every region (Northern, Central, Eastern andWestern).
The final winners selected from the four regions include:
|Name of winner||Region|
|KojoSiri Ssekandi||Western (Mbarara)|
Each of the finalists was handed a state of the art poultry shelter, 1000 one-day-old chicks, feed to last 6months, training on poultry project management and welfare of the fowls by Dr. Ssewagude (veterinary expert) as well as enterprise mentorship. Letshego went on to provide additional support and continued to supervise their progress on a month-on-month basis.
“Letshego is built on great service and building lasting relationships with suppliers and customers, and like many other companies that undertake CSR projects- our core beliefs and values help us to achieve this. We feel that we can enhance relationships within communities by acting responsibly and selflessly to make a better place to work and a better community to live in,” he stressed.
Aijukwe went on to say “We are very gratified that we could pick a project and it would sprout out to this magnitude. It has been a very enriching and satisfying experience for us. Seeing our customers acquire financial independence and go on to enlighten their communities with knowledge share brings us absolute delight”.