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    Helping boys get a start in life

    Day 265

    The Middlemen

    On Days 242 and 243, we helped a group of girls – who weren’t able to complete their formal education – continue building skills that will support them into the future. Today, we’re working with a group of boys who are dealing with some of the same challenges. Not able to finish their educations, they need to figure out how to make their way in the world.

    They had an idea, and we were happy to help them make it happen on Day 265.

    Kyangwali settlement is actually a quite fertile place. The refugee farmers who work the land here are able to get decent yields of maize and beans. That’s where these boys come in. Their idea is to be a link between farmers and traders. Farmers are busy in their fields, and don’t always have the time or means to transport their produce to market. Likewise, the traders who want to purchase produce can’t visit each and every farmer.

    The boys wanted to get in the middle. So, we helped them to purchase a whole lot of sacs to store the maize and beans and a scale to weigh everything. We also helped them rent a little storefront in town where they could do their business. Anything left over was capital to get their new business of the ground and make their first purchase from a farmer.

    This will give the boys a good start – now it’s up to them to see where they can take things. We can’t wait to see what they do!

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