“What I Have Learned Is To Help Myself”

Refugees’ path to self-reliance

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USAID
Jun 21 · 5 min read
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
Refugees and community members arrive to the road show. / Anna-Maija Mattila-Litvak, USAID
Anna Marie Ntahundi is a Congolese refugee and budding business woman. / Anna-Maija Mattila-Litvak, USAID
The road show showcased products from dozens of vendors and services. Clockwise from top left: Mobile banking draws a line of customers; seeds for planting; a chicken drinker salesman sets up his products; canned fruits make a tempting display. / Anna-Maija Mattila-Litvak, USAID
Sweet potatoes are considered a super food the world over. Here, visitors to the road show learn about the benefits of sweet potatoes and the many ways they can be used to make nutritious meals and treats. / Anna-Maija Mattila-Litvak, USAID
Sifa Furaha, a Congolese refugee, dreams of a better future for her children, including her eight month old pictured with her here. / Anna-Maija Mattila-Litvak, USAID

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