“What I Have Learned Is To Help Myself”

Refugees’ path to self-reliance

Uganda has one of the world’s most progressive policies for the more than 1.2 million refugees that call the country a temporary home, providing them land, allowing them to form businesses, and offering benefits from Ugandan social services agencies. Ugandan residents and some of the 13,200 refugees who are part of USAID’s Graduating to Resilience Program participated in a recent agricultural road show aimed at helping them become more resilient — and entrepreneurial. / Anna-Maija Mattila-Litvak, USAID

The day opens bright and sunny in Rwamwanja in Western Uganda. Hundreds of people are arriving in the vast field decked by tents and display tables, many by bus, some by foot. Laughter and joyous talk fill the air, as people wearing their Sunday best make their way to the agricultural road show, a first-of-its-kind in this remote region.

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