MIND: Help Someone To Set Up A Business
Faith Gloria Namuwaya, 26, lost her husband some four years ago and decided not to marry again. She has one child and a step-child, works as a secretary of the Kamuli Polytechnic, she is very intelligent and....she saves! She is one of the few saving persons I met in Uganda. From the money she bought a plot. The rest of her saving she lost to the hospital when her child got ill, but since she is very much appreciated by her relatives for working hard and planting a highly productive banana plot on family soil, she got the hospital cost refunded from an uncle. For that money, she bought a cow, which is pregnant now. The cow is in some relative's herd at the moment. Faith, looking at me, smiling: "It's nice to be alone". A very unusual statement in Africa.
The plot needs to be cleaned before something can be grown there. MIND lent her a bike to reduce frictions of travelling between her plot and her job, and money for men to clean the plot. She calculated that she will likely earn back the investment in three years, but MIND will allow her to reinvest the money first in a house to be built on the plot, and start refunding only after this has been paid for. A house costs not much more than 500 EURO (!), but that is the value of the land's cash crop of six planting seasons (three years).
MIND is very curious how this will end. It is hoped MIND shall learn about the possibilities and risks and agriculture in the Ugandan environment, about the Ugandan way of running business and dealing with debt, and correctly judging the people we deal with, and the way their ties with their culture affect their plans and intentions.
MIND intends to work with other people in they same way, if our experience is positive. If you wish to contribute, or to contribute later, click here for more information.
Craft example: Portraits
This portrait of the president of our foundation is a collage (small pieces of banana fibre glued on a large piece of banana fibre leaf 20x30cm). Bananafibre is an extremely durable and strong material, even hammocks are made of it. It is made by Kyagula Zon', generally called "Zoni".
You could order a portrait. Zoni will need a photograph.
Zoni lives in Bugembe, near Victoria lake. Most of his relatives live on the lake islands, but his parents came ashore. They both turned into alcoholics and left him while he was still a small child. He became a "destitute", as he puts it. Lacking money to finish high school he decided to make and sell art and craft. Meanwhile he succeeded in teaching himself reading and writing. He showed me a complete manuscript of a book on people near him whose life he follows and comments in order to establish to basic truths of African life. He also refers to what he learned about the history of Africa, claiming that it is not good to blame the whites for all suffering, because many blacks made there own contribution to it by treating other blacks very badly.
Zoni does not want to get rich. He wants to help other destitutes, now he feels able to do that, because he understands them so well. He lives together with a group of destitutes, they grow their own food crop, and try to sell home made art and craft to get money for school fees.
The special thing of Zoni is that he never asks for money, as almost every Ugandan does to whites. We have a lot, don't we? But he explained me a special reed weaving machine he had invented, which unfortunately could not be finished due to the price of parts he needed. Now, Zoni and MIND are business partners: once his machine is running, MIND's money will be refunded from its proceeds (MIND hopes...).
Craft example: Musical Instruments
Numerous craftsmen in Uganda make the kind of musical instruments so popular among young music class pupils in the West. They usually make on order because they often need the buyer's money to purchase their materials (such as skins, nails and rope). Thus, they are dependent on local Ugandan musicians, local schools, and tourists. They can be helped with means to produce stocks of a size interesting to wholesalers to be shipped to Western countries. We want to find out whether, if well organized, this could lead to sufficient sustained capital formation. MIND intends to work with more people in they same way, if our experience is positive. Click here for information on how to contribute.
a 9 snare harp, orig Nebbi and Arua tribe, now conquerened Uganda, generally
called a "modern instrument", tuned sometimes diatonic, sometimes pentatonic.
Akad�ng�, Akadungu, Thumbpiano Orig: Achioli, Names: Sansa, Ukeme, Akogo. Teso tuning: somidolareso || ladoremisorela, Busoga tuning: sodolamireso || ladosomiladore, pentatonic scale doremisolado
Emb�ir�, (not shown) Wooden Xylophone, pentatonic.Usually four of five octaves
End�g�, leg or necklace bell, also used for sheep. (On each leg you wear two)
Ens��si seed shaker made from calebash
Eng�m�, drum, made of cow skin. Nowadays Dutch (Frisian) cows are popular so you find more and more black-white engoma's
�n'd�ngid�, Fiddle orig: Buganda, Busoga, Bugisu, others
Ent�n'g�ol�, Nt�n'g�ol�, Harp
�nku'anz�, Panflute orig: Busoga Buganda
Mug�lab�, Eng�lab�, Long drum, beaten with hands, it lizzard skin yields a sharp, metal like attack
Note: As these objects are hand made by creative persons on the basis of their own personal opinions and changes therein, no two copies of these instruments are equal.