Learning from the best University of Manchester students in jinja

As part of their annual field research, Master students from the University of Manchester visited the National slum dwellers federation of Uganda, Jinja region in particular. Their study rotated around understanding of the federation processes, how data collection affects Municipal Development Forum (MDF) and documentation of priorities, capital projects and sanitation plus savings and livelihoods.

A visit to Omunaku Aidhe Twezimbe saving Group that brought together widows in masese not only to share different ideas but also do savings. As a sign that not all hope was lost, these women decided to start up income generating activities that have enabled them pay school fees for their grand children and also provide them with other basic needs. They are engaged in activities like crafts/bead making, mats, baskets and local brew (commonly known as Malwa).

Their story was such an inspiration and a learning experience to the students that it triggered them to contribute support to the group in form of capital to add in their business.

The savings group representatives receiving buys of floor from the students representative.
Field findings were not only import for academic purposes but also presentation was done to the Jinja Municipal council together with the MDF and Jinja federation to digest and see how they can incorporate some of recommendations made into their implementation plans.

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