Passion fruit orchards at Sironko
The partnership has helped more than 17,000 mango and passion fruit farmers in Uganda to be trained in business and agriculture skills and implement sustainable agriculture practices.
Of these farmers 4,576 are women.
Zema Astar, passion fruit farmer
Photo Credit: Mustafa Unlu
Passion fruit harvesting lasts from March till November; giving Zema a monthly additional income to her fashion designing of approximately $130 per month.
Project Nurture team: Technoserve, Century Bottling Company, Zema Astar and I
She is a source of inspiration for her community, family and other women. Zema said “When I started some people had a feeling that passion fruit wouldn’t work for the area. Recently a group of them came to see my gardens and said ‘This is wonderful, we didn’t think it would work, we’re also going to plant passion fruits’. My mother was very reluctant initially, but now she’s very supportive.” She added that the three key changes in her life have been “First, my income is better. Second, I have been exposed to more people, companies and other farmers thanks to networks. My morale and determination has boosted, I know now that the sky is the limit.”
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