Nakabugo shows her successful maize harvest. She stand in a field of maize smiling

emerge poverty free projects

emerge poverty free believes in a world where every person has the opportunity to reach their potential, poverty free.

No matter where we are working, our primary goal is to empower the communities benefiting from our work to establish their own path out of poverty. We achieve this goal by only working through local partners, strengthening them as they seek to identify and provide their own communities with practical and sustainable assistance based upon their specific needs. As part of the Send a Cow family we work through their established country programmes to support farming families in Africa.


Grace is working with emerge poverty free in Uganda
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“Being part of this project is the first opportunity I have ever had to get a loan, I was not discriminated against for being a woman, instead they talked to me about my plans and looked at my potential.”

Grace Uganda


Partner organisation: Action For Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE)
The project will support 900 vulnerable small-scale rural farmers from Kyankwanzi, Uganda, (800 women and 100 men). The project will respond to each farmer’s circumstances, with activities enabling them to manage their own social-economic development process, to transform their livelihoods.

Training in climate resilient agricultural practices, crop diversification and access to improves seeds will help the quality and quantity of farmers' crop yields. Their income will increase as they become more confident in techniques to store their crops and make them last longer. Profits from selling surplus crops can be used to buy other food, ensuring all family members eat regular and nutritious meals.

800 women farmers will be educated to improve their farm practices and establish sustainable agribusinesses. As they contribute to household income, they will be empowered to participate in, or manage, household discussions on savings and family expenditure. As women’s confidence increases they will take a more active role in community and cooperative groups.

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Partner organisation: Send a Cow

Mwaro province has a high population density (330 people per km2) and most people rely on the land for their livelihoods. The majority of farmers have limited knowledge of agricultural techniques and are unable to sell surplus crops. Gender inequality is extreme in Mwaro; unemployment within men is high, whilst women undertake the majority of tasks within the household and on the farm.

With a focus on gender relations, this project engages both male and female farmers within the household, aiming to improve family relations and equality of workloads. We aim to improve the availability of nutritious food through training in increased and diversified agricultural production and improved food storage and conservation. Families will also be trained in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) skills.

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Partner organisation: Send a Cow

This project is based in the district of Rakai of central Uganda, an area heavily affected by HIV/AIDS with thousands of people becoming infected each year. Children are left orphaned and therefore there are hundreds of child-headed households across the district. Some children are left in the care of elderly relatives who are unable to work and provide for them.

In order to fend for themselves, children are forced into child labour. By 2021, we will have supported 400 households to be self-sufficient. We envisage a future full of hope for these children. Families will become self-sufficient, food secure and resilient to climate shocks.

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Partner organisation: Send a Cow
This project supports over 3,000 people to make the most of their land. They learn how to restore soil fertility and how to control soil erosion - both serious problems in the region. Families are taught about the importance of different food types on their health and given cooking demonstrations. Trained farmers are encouraged to share what they know with others in the community. This project works throughout Nyanza and Nyaruguru districts.
Partner organisation: Send a Cow
Kutaber District has a good climate and fertile soils, but lack of access to inputs like seeds and tools, a lack of knowledge of farming techniques, and unsustainable and damaging practices like deforestation and overgrazing, mean that agricultural productivity remains low and people are vulnerable to food shortages. The project will deliver training, helping women, in particular, to improve the quality and quantity of food produced from their farms, and sell the surplus at market. The project will help women to develop agri-business ideas and link them to financial services to access credit. By addressing gender inequalities, it will help women to increase their influence over household and community decision-making, increasing their control over assets and making them more independent.