Women’s groups kickstart agriculture campaign in Juba

Women’s groups kickstart agriculture campaign in Juba
Some women showcase locally-grown vegetables at Munuki marketplace (photo credit: Kidega Livingstone/The City Review)

Women farmers’ associations, supported by a faith-based organization Daughters of Mary Immaculate, have started creating agriculture awareness in different marketplaces located in Juba.

The two women’s groups comprise 60 women moving with banners and microphones, calling on other women and young men to join agricultural production and form saving groups to improve their livelihoods.

Chairperson of Jopari Women Group, Alima Florence, said they are trying to create awareness to the women vendors in the market to form groups so that they will be supported to grow their food to sell in the market than exporting it from other places.

“We are in a group of about 30 women and we have been supported by the Daughters of Mary Immaculate in terms of seeds and skills, and now, we can supply most of the markets with the vegetables [that] we are growing as a group,” Alima told The City Review during the campaign in Munuki Suklibia yesterday.

She said in the group that she is heading, they do poultry keeping, which also earns them some income daily.

“From what we are doing, we can pay for the school fees for our children at the end of the day. And the money we raise from our sale we divide it among us at the end of the year; not only that, but we also loan it in case you want to buy something,” said Alima.

The leader of the Luri women’s group, Monica Kiden, suggested that women in the market selling the vegetables form a saving group where they can drop their profit so that it can help them at the end of the year.

“We want these women in this market in Munuki to be like us. We want also to form a saving group where they put their little money every day or weekly because that money if you have a problem  they can give you,” Kiden said.

The manager of the program of Daughters of Mary Immaculate supporting the women’s groups, Sr Rani Mary, said they are trying to encourage the women to produce more quality food to stop the importation of food to Juba.

“We teach them with modern farming to produce quality organic food, and we also want to create a relationship between farming women and the women in the market so they can be able to do trading among themselves,” Rani said.