As part of a move for a better sustainable livelihood for farmers in Northern Uganda, DOT Uganda Country Program Manager Ms Natalie Kimbugwe and Intern Support Assistant Don Oringa paid a visit to witness facilitation in progress and have a one-on-one interaction with the beneficiaries of the Rangoonwala project in Gulu between 17th to 21st of January.
What an exciting experience it was visiting our participants who are currently undergoing the Rangoonwala project and witness first-hand what impact the project has had in their lives thus far.
One of the success stories that stood out was a farmer group who have ventured into the candle making business to supplement their farming activities. With the knowledge acquired from module 5, Design your value preposition, they make mosquito repellent candles by adding lemon-grass oil to the candle solution after it has melted. The lemon grass oil, which makes their product unique in the market, gives off a mosquito repellent scent thus high market demand. To harness the opportunity in this newly acquired market, the group has also gone ahead to make perfume and medicated skin petroleum jelly along side the candle business.
The group members revealed to us that the demand for their product is steadily growing by the day and their goal is to acquire their own space to be able to produce on large scale to sustain the growing demand and also be in position to sell to other parts of the country.
Below are some of the moments captured as they illustrated the process of making mosquito repellent candles, which come in different colors.
In the photo above: Candle making plates being laid out.
In the photo: Extracted lemon-grass oil that acts as the repellent in the candles is added to the candle solution
Candle solution being powered in the candle-making plates
Above is finished product of mosquito repellent candle ready for the market
A finished candle lit out.