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May 12, 2019

#MYVILLAGEMYMARKET: ENGAGING PRIVATE SECTOR TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE OPPORTUNITIES

Organized by USAID, AVSI and partners, the market event created connections between large firms, local micro-enterprises, and vulnerable families in Rwanwanja refugee settlement

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A refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) living in Rwanwanja Settlement, Kamwenge District, Uganda, Bugenimana Kamara describes with one word the experience she had last week (May 14-16) during the #MyVillageMyMarket event: incredible.

“I learned about the different seeds, how to plant them and when, and how to protect my crops from pests,” says Bugenimana. “I am also happy that now I know how to treat my animals using the medicines I have seen in the stalls, they will no longer just die.” 

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A refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) living in Rwanwanja Settlement, Kamwenge District, Uganda, Bugenimana Kamara describes with one word the experience she had last week (May 14-16) during the #MyVillageMyMarket event: incredible.

“I learned about the different seeds, how to plant them and when, and how to protect my crops from pests,” says Bugenimana. “I am also happy that now I know how to treat my animals using the medicines I have seen in the stalls, they will no longer just die.” 

"We believe that through engaging the private sector we can create sustainable opportunities for families.”

Regina Mackenzie, Regional Director, Economic Growth - USAID Mission in Uganda Tweet

Through media campaigns, exhibitions, practical demonstrations on value chains and workshops, the beneficiaries learned how to make informed business choices and how to plan a sustainable business strategy. Exhibitors from different sectors addressed topics like agriculture and agro-processing, energy solutions and financial services, giving the chance to enhance economic opportunities through the acquisition of assets, inputs, and support services.

The event promoted by USAID, AVSI, Impaq International and Trickle Up, was also supported by the Kamwenge District Local Government, the Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR and the Lutheran World Federation.

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