John Mutamba

Country: Uganda

About John

John Mutamba grew up with 16 siblings, witnessing first hand the difficulties associated with providing Ugandan families with basic human needs. As a minor, John dropped out of high school to work in the tea fields to provide for his family. These early experiences led John to realize his calling as an advocate for the most vulnerable through rural transformation. Inspired by his mother who taught him that where there is vulnerability, there is an opportunity to make a difference, he eventually attended university and founded Agric Stock Uganda in 2006. Agric Stock Uganda works to eradicate rural poverty through enhancing sustainable resource utilization, promoting food and household income security and empowering community volunteer structures to sustain these efforts. Over 8,600 community beneficiaries have been practically trained in these areas. As a result, 81% of the beneficiary households can now provide two meals a day to their families and 3,500 beneficiaries are equipped with sustainable income generating activities (IGAs). This allows families to provide for school attendance, food, clothing, basic shelter and other household needs. Finally, from the project inception, 28 out of 39 registered HIV/AIDS infected members have survived to date from the nutritious foods, counseling, referrals for medication, and IGAs provided by John’s projects. John sees the power and leadership amongst the poor and believes they can all be agents for change!

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Project Impact

Total lives improved: 17,650

• Over 8,600 people (including 1,200 youth) have had practical training in sustainable agriculture, and developing income generating activities (IGAs) from the food sources produced
• 11,000 fruit trees and 8,500 pineapple suckers distributed for household income generation and environmental protection
• 10,500 chickens distributed to 105 impoverished people for food supply, household income generation, increased purchasing power, and manure for crops
• Over 500 goats, 210 piglets, and 380 sheep to 300 impoverished people for food supply and household income generation
• 9,500 seedlings of pine and eucalyptus trees distributed and planted for household income generation and environmental protection purposes
• 600 bags of sweet potato veins and 850 bags of cassava stems distributed for food supply, household income generation, and to manage soil fertility
• 6,700 people trained in watershed management and rain water harvesting
• 1,800 people trained in the use of energy saving stoves and agroforestry
• Trained 550 community volunteers (60% female and 49 HIV positive) called “Community Change Agents- CCAs ” to sustain and monitor project activities

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