By Ronald Ssekandi ENTEBBE, Uganda (Xinhua)
-- A group of 30 women gather at Janet
Lukwago’s home in Entebbe Municipality in the central Ugandan
district of Wakiso, determined to learn new skills to boost
their household income.
Despite a morning
heavy rain, the women are not deterred from taking one of the
many lessons Lukwago offers after her return from Wuhan Province
in central China where she gained skills in mushroom farming.
Ruth Nakazibwe is
one the women who have quickly grasped the skill. Like her
mentor, Lukwago, Nakazibwe does not regret the perseverance,
noting that her household income has increased due to mushroom
“At my workplace the
money I used to earn reduced, so I had to look for alternative
sources of income. A friend introduced me to Lukwago who urged
me to grow mushrooms,” Nakazibwe said.
“From my experience
so far, when you farm mushrooms, you cannot lack money to at
least buy basic needs in the house,” she said
Xinhua in a recent interview that since she started mushroom
farming about three months ago, she has recouped all the capital
she injected in the business.
She says she plans
to use the profits to expand her mushroom business. Currently
her garden is at a friend’s place because she does not have
space at her house.
Lukwago says mushroom business is lucrative, noting that she is
encouraging women in the community to take up the business.
She notes that an
initial investment of about 20 U.S. dollars can yield about 130
dollars in a space of about three months when harvesting starts.
About three years
ago, Wuhan started its cooperation with Entebbe Municipality
located on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest fresh
water body. The beauty about these two cities is that they both
have a water body. Yangtze River, the third longest river in the
world passes through Wuhan.
In the last one
year, Wuhan flew over 20 locals in Entebbe Municipality to China
where they were skilled in various sectors ranging from
vocational, farming, teaching, and tourism among others.
The locals spent
over a month on a vocation training institute in Wuhan province
where they were given practical skills to improve their
Another set of the
locals is scheduled to travel to Wuhan where they will be given
When the team comes
back, they are charged with the responsibility of training their
colleagues who did not get the opportunity to travel.
cooperation agreement we have has quite a number of items which
include medical cooperation, cultural exchange, sports and
skilling. So we have really benefited a lot as a community of
Entebbe,” Vincent De Paul Kayanja told Xinhua in an interview.
Later this month,
Entebbe will send a team to participate in the Wuhan Marathon in
efforts geared towards boosting the cooperation between the two