Progress Reports from Humanist Entrepreneurs (Samples)

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BUHANGA THULIBAGHUMA WOMEN’S GROUP

PROGRESS REPORT

SHOPPING BAGS MAKING PROJECT

JULY 2018

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EXPENSES

1.       Trainer allowance and Transport for 13 days =390,000

2.       Funds to purchase materials i.e 21 rolls =1,266,300

3.       Transport involved during purchasing =50,000

4.       Withdraw charges 19,800

Total expenses=1,726,100

. No balance now on BBI original funds

INCOME FOR THE MONTH

The project made a profit of Ugx 210,500.This money was got from weaving and selling 160 bags of different sizes and coming with new design more innovative and expensive.

The market that was used was selling to local people and taking some to market.

PROFIT OR LOSS FOR THE MONTH

From the original investment, there remains no balance. We predict that the project might make profits of Ugx 170,000 to 300,000 monthly.

MARKETING PLAN - explain how you are selling your product or service and how you intend to do this in the future

People around us do buy them. Also some business men and women from Kyarumba are always buying them and we have identified a place where we display and sale the surplus in Kyarumba market

CONTACTS

Mrs. Max Emelda finished coaching us in May and we have also started producing bags on our own. Other members are teaching others where they don’t know well.

Ithungu Margret from Kisinga is teaching women to make the square design and double weaved bags( they are innovative and expensive

WAYS TO IMPROVE?

 Learning other designs in future

Sourcing a better markets

Sourcing for lower material prices e.g ordering from Kampala

Marketing our two new products (innovative ones), the project photos of the month

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PROGRESS   REPORT

BIO-BRIQUETTE CHARCOAL FUEL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

Balihaghuma Women Development Organization

Katadoba,  P.O BOX 428 Kasese- Uganda

Telephone +256750361371.

 Email: balihaghumawomen@gmail.com

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ORGANISATION BACKGROUND

Balihaghuma Women Development organization is a Humanist organization for women based   in Katadoba ward, Nyakabingo parish  Kasese district established in 2017. The aim of the organization is to be a platform for humanism in Kasese district and engage women in humanism activities for self reliance. It further trains women in the basics of income generation, Health education, modern agriculture farming and the establishment of income projects that impacts them directly and their children through the income, which they use to send their children to school and set up more micro businesses to help them and deliver from hospitals and reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.

ORGANIZATION CONTACT INFORMATION

Organization Name : Balihaghuma Women Development Organization

Mailing Address: P.O BOX 428  Kasese - Uganda

 Visiting Address:  Katadoba ward  Nyakabingo Parish Kasese  District.

Person Presenting the Report:  Kabugho  Jolly Muheka

Position: Organization Chairperson

Country: Uganda

Type of report:  Project  Progress Report.

FINANCING.

Amount of Grant   Received:    250$

 Donor: BRIGHTER BRAINS - USA

Project  Number:  -

Project Title: BIO -BRIQUETTE CHARCOAL FUEL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

Project Target group:  20 Women 

PROJECT GOAL:

 Economic Empowerment of Women  through the sell of bio briquette fuel  and Contributing to protection of the Environment through the Use agro waste, and charcoal dust to form Bio Briquette Fuel and reduce on tree cutting for charcoal.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Add value to agro-waste and household by-products that would otherwise end-up unused, causing local waste pollution.

  • Increase the utilization of biomass resources in developing and promoting more efficient and cleaner fuel substitutes.

  • Replace the use of wood and charcoal fuels, which is a major cause of deforestation and environment degradation.

  • Build the capacity of 20 young mothers  as trainers of trainees in Bio briquette charcoal fuel production

Activities

  1. Project planning meetings

  2. Procurement of Bio- Briquette making machine. (locally Fabricated)

  3. Procurement of Bio briquette making materials and inputs  ( Cassava Binder, Charcoal dust,  wheelbarrow, spades, jerry cans and hoes)

  4. Conduct training workshop for women in Bio briquette fuel charcoal making the bio briquette making machine and making the charcoal manually.

  5. Monitoring and Evaluation

  Table 1. Showing performance of activities that have been carried out with this Grant.

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Topics discussed during training on Bio Briquette included among others;

  • Defining Bio Briquette

  • Why is it important to use agro waste and charcoal dust to make an efficient  Bio fuel charcoal

  • What other material that can be used to make Bio briquette charcoal

  • Making bio briquette using plant biomass first burnt in a combustion chamber.

  • Marketing strategies in marketing Bio briquette charcoal 

  • Using waste paper as a binder in making Bio briquette charcoal.

  • Discuss requirements and steps taken when setting up a bio briquette charcoal making business producing charcoal with hands.

All the above was done to create a change taking place in an individual thinking, behaviours, and attitudes towards development that requires the elimination of the personal causes of poverty. This will be achieved through helping women to become aware of the  of the costs of their misdirected priorities and their opportunities for self improvement in order to achieve their priorities ; to develop their skills ; acquire knowledge and eliminate their dependence thinking.

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation meeting has  been conducted to measure the progress so far of the project. The exercise will be conducted throughout the project cycle until the project ends by members of the executive, implementation team, local leaders and members of the organization. 9 people were involved in the meeting to oversee progress and give their views for future development of the projects. 

  2. Reporting 

A report has been developed to share with you the  donors of this project to keep abreast of what is happening during implementation and the success indicators recorded at this particular moment. The report has been validated by the stakeholders during  an Evaluation meetings.

Future Prospectus of the Project;

The project is of a long term aimed at causing a positive impact on the target persons without discrimination on the basis of literacy, colour, disability etc.

Achievements;

  • Acquiring a bio briquette making machine that will help women to make charcoal for domestic use and income

  • New scientific knowledge replaces the disastrous traditional knowledge of making charcoal from tress where members acquired new technologies in operating and managing a bio briquette making machine that produces 25 charcoal in form of charcoal pellets each charcoal injection from charcoal dust.

  • Beneficiaries realised the root causes poverty and under development in relation to gender perspective.

  • Beneficiaries received the briquette making machine inputs and charcoal making raw materials, which they had never got before they  were happy for the support extended to their project by Brighter Brains - USA.

  • Local leaders had good interaction with Women and promised to assist in looking for market for the products. They were happy for the grant and also thanked Brighter Brains for such support.

Challenges.

  • So many people were willing to join the project as it is aimed at empowering women economically through the sell of fuel at  household level but  our project  budget was limited to 20 beneficiaries only.

Operation of the Bio Briquette Machine.

The machine that was locally fabricated to produce Bio briquette charcoal in form of pellets, has 25 moulds sitting on a metal base plate. The metal plate sits on 4 stands. The moulds has holes that holds the charcoal extruding cups attached to another plate that fits and sits at the base of  each  mould.  It has also an upper compressing chamber that compresses the dust into the moulds to form pellet charcoal. The metal plate that holds the mould and the cups is connected to  a hand charcoal extruding lever.

The bio charcoal dust is mixed with the binder to form a black like paste  and mixed thoroughly using mingling sticks before being  scoped by hand or trowel to the moulds until they are full, the  top compressing chamber keeps compressing the paste into the moulds as the paste is continuously added, when the moulds are full with the past, a hand level injects the charcoal in form of pellets out, which is hand picked and then taken to a drying space  and dry under shade to avoid breakage, the procedure is continued every time charcoal is made. This charcoal is the Bio Briquette Charcoal. 

Note. We have delayed in reporting due to the fact that the fabricator who was supplying the bio briquette machine delayed a bit to deliver it and we couldn’t train without the machine.

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Paving Stone Project Report

Nyamwamba Bataka Development Association.

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The project is moving forward and children like it so much. It has attracted 13 children who are fully participating. They are producing pavers and selling them to residents in Kasese Municipality.
Since the project started we have produced 1560 pavers, sold some and generated a profit of 220,000 Uganda shillings and children took all the money.

This has been the beginning, we hope that the project will make more profits than this and we will keep informing you about the results.

Sincerely,

Rujumba Moses
Coordinator,Nyamwamba Bataka Development Association

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Sanitary Pad project report for May 2019

African Women’s Dignity Foundation

African Women’s Dignity Foundation a community based organization operating in Kasese district local government and is hereby submitting it’s brief Sanitary Pad Project report for the month of May 2019.

We received the funds from  Brighter Brains Institute-BBI in January this year and up to now the project is still going on. We are still producing the sanitary pads using only one treadle sewing machine. In this month of May we managed to collect US dollars 289, the balance after all expenditures was  only US dollars 100 which will work as start-up capital for the this month of June.

The US $ 189 helped in procurement of sanitary pad making materials including the rest of the expenses. However the US $ 100 is cash at hand.

NB. African Women’s Dignity Foundation kindly requests for the expansion of the Sanitary pad factory by procuring more Electrical multipurpose treadle sewing machines and employing more women as operators of sewing machines, be able to buy a sanitary pad sealing machine,U V treatment unit for sanitary pads sterilization purposes, branding machine. We have a hope that this would increase the production capacity of the sanitary pads factory.

Many thanks ,

Regards,

Ithungu Grace

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NYAKEYA WOMENS FOUNDATION

Mushroom Project Progress Report

NYAKEYA VILLAGE, KIHUNGU PARISH, KYARUMBA SUBCOUNTY, KASESE UGANDA

Tel: +256778784199

Email: nyakeyawomens@gmail.com

05/June/ 2019

In Partnership with Brighter Brains Institute (BBI)

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PROGRESSIVE REPORT

INTRODUCTION

Nyakeya Women’s Foundation (NWF) is a charitable, Women based, non-governmental and not for profit making organization. The foundation addresses women constraints and empowering women through innovative approaches in areas of Microcredit services, education, agriculture, Vocational services, life skills and community development with a focus on poverty alleviation, economic empowerment and establishing a society where women and girls live happy, healthy, educated and free from all forms of violence under a conserved community.

The foundation main target population includes; Women, PWD, youth, farmers and children.

MISSION

Empower women in rural communities from grass root through active participation for sustainable development.

VISION/GOAL

To ensure Development excellence in technical sustainable and technology services for self-reliance of women in rural communities Kasese District.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

I. Promote rural small scale agriculture in women communities

II. To educate, support and care for the vulnerable women for education, medical care, food, scholarship, materials and the general welfare. III. To promote the need for protection of vulnerable women, to live in a peaceful and enjoyable environment

IV. To empower women in vocational skill management to improve on their standards of living

V. To conserve the environment so as to limit environmental Degradation

VI. To facilitate inter-grated self-income generating and developmental initiatives through training so that skills and knowledge acquired remains resident with the people for self-reliance and sustainability.

Project Summary and current processes

On 09/05/2019 Nyakeya women’s foundation started mushroom growing project in kihungu parish – kyarumba Sub County, Kasese district and will take up to 6 months. The product improves human health because a mushroom has all food valves.

Participants have been trained on how to deal with mushroom growing, benefits of mushroom growing and prepare mushrooms on a small scale project and have a short gestation period.

This processes they have done;

1. Materials gathering takes 3 days

Martials that we used were purchased and that process took 3day collecting them with organization members

2. Fermentation will last for 5 days

Fermentation was done and it took five days which includes putting substrates in water and later we put lime stone which minimize the temperature and assist other living organizes to die which can led to harvest of yeasts

3. Sterilization will also take 1 day

Sterilization was done and it took one day which involves heating substrates to kill other living organizes that were remained on fermentation and we did that with organizational members

4. Mixture of spawns in sterilized concentrates 1 days

Mixture of spawns together with substrates was done and it took one day because we first leave them to cool and later tying of mixed concentrates in polythene was done with organization members and also it took one day

5. Dark room management will take 3-4 weeks Dark room management was done properly with organization members and at this stage mushrooms they started coming out from polythene and members were happy because of ongoing well of the project which took 3weeks and 4days

6. Open place with light will also take 1-2 months

Geminated polythene mushrooms were shifted from dark room to open room place and the time of harvest is soon to reach and members of the organization will be doing harvesting and selling the produce and this will led to the development of the project

CURRENT PROJECT PROBLEMS

With all project on going activities, our current problems include.

1. Inadequate funds

2. Rats or rodents attacks mushrooms in the dark room and open place

3. Inadequate water for irrigating or watering mushrooms on daily basis

PARTICIPANT’S RECOMMENDATIONS DURING EVALUATION AND DISCUSSION

SESSION

There were the following needs

I. Women’s recommends that there is a lot to do with the project that needs ongoing while monitoring and implementing project activities.

II. More funds to precede for a successful completion of the project activates

III. BBI would expand the project for atleast a year.

SPECIAL THANKS

We thank Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) and Buhanga Thulibaghuma Women’s Group

Email Nyakeya Women’s Foundation 2019

Wish you all the best 2019.

Mrs Masika Aida

Project Manager- buhangatwgroup@gmail.com

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BUHANGA THULIBAGHUMA WOMEN’S GROUP PROGRESS REPORT

SHOPPING BAGS MAKING PROJECT AUGUST 2018

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EXPENSES

1.       Trainer allowance and Transport for 13 days =390,000

2.       Funds to purchase materials i.e 21 rolls =1,266,300

3.       Transport involved during purchasing =50,000

4.       Withdraw charges 19,800

Total expenses=1,726,100

. No balance now on BBI original funds

INCOME

The project made a profit of Ugx243,000.This money was got from weaving and selling 178 bags of different sizes and coming with new design more innovative and expensive.

The market that was used was selling to local people and taking some to market espencially Kyarumba and Kisinga 

PROFIT OR LOSS

From the original investment, there remains no balance. We predicted that the project might make profits of Ugx 170,000 to 300,000 monthly.

Indeed our  target is being achieved

MARKETING PLAN

Selling to People around us ,Also some business men and women from Kyarumba are always buying them and we have identified a place where we display and sale the surplus in Kyarumba and Kisinga markets.

CONTACT

·         Mrs. Max Emelda finished coaching us in May and we have also started producing bags on our own. Other members are teaching others where they don’t know well.

·         Ithungu Margret from Kisinga is teaching women to make the square design and double weaved bags ( they are innovative and expensive.

·         Kyakimwa Grace would like to come in with teaching other women in the group how to make colored baskets- The photo graph of the Month 

WAYS TO IMPROVE?

·         Learning other designs in future

·         Sourcing  better markets

·         Sourcing for lower material prices e.g ordering from Kampala

·         Marketing our two new products (innovative ones)

·         Increase on production of bags

·         Teaching women other craft skills like the initiative of Kyakimwa Grace, the photograph of the month.

Regards, Sebastian - For Buhanga Thulibaghuma Women’s Group