Joyce lives with her husband and four children along the shores of Lake Albert in the Great East African Rift Valley. Like many living in last-mile communities, she and her family experienced significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, as government lockdowns caused economic stressors, stressed livelihoods, limited access to markets, and disrupted access to services. [...]
In many last-mile communities, access to quality agricultural inputs makes it difficult to harvest high yields. To help ultra-poor communities address this challenge, Raising The Village introduced the seed pass-on methodology, a cost-efficient development approach that is both sustainable and community-building in its approach to ensuring all households have access to quality seed. Bonny Ocen [...]
In Kigezi highlands in Kamuhoozi Village, Rukungiri District, Honesta spreads her bean harvest across a tarpaulin to dry. She begins to shell the  12 kgs of beans she has harvested from the 3 kg of seed received through Raising The Village. The yield is significantly higher than her previous harvests, and Honesta is excited about [...]
For millions of last-mile communities, there are few options when it comes to health services – people are hard to reach and often isolated without access to primary, specialized, and crucial health care services. When rates of COVID-19 began rapidly increasing in Uganda, the one healthcare center in Ndaiga Sub-County in Kagadi District, was overwhelmed, [...]
Jovia was home with her two kids when she felt the contractions. She was in labor and her third baby was ready to arrive in this world. Jovia lives in Bukerahi village, a last-mile community in Kisoro district in south western Uganda. The area is surrounded by hills and crater lakes and the topography of [...]
In many last-mile communities, households often lack access to regulated financial services such as banks and financial institutions, because they are considered “too high risk” or “too difficult” to reach. With limited access to financial services, these last-mile communities have few options when coping with financial emergencies, which can further aggravate and perpetuate the cycle [...]
In Kabukanga cluster in Kagadi district, Aisha lives with her husband, nine children, and her older father who she cares for. Though she’s struggled with multifaceted challenges stemming from ultra-poverty in the past, since partnering with Raising The Village, Aisha’s life has been transformed through holistic programming that engages all village members, including a specific [...]
Katungi is a small village in Kahoko Cluster, almost an hour away from the main town of Rukingiri. Like many last-mile villages, Katungi is isolated by distance, terrain, and the multifaceted impacts of ultra-poverty including a lack of basic infrastructure that makes it difficult for the community to access markets and services. However, as Raising [...]
In the southeastern parts of Uganda, situated around Lake Albert, lies the Kabukanga cluster with ten of our partner villages. These villages are the true representation of what it means to be last-mile, with the most challenging access and the region lagging far behind in socio-economic development as a result. We partnered with the communities [...]
Edson dropped out of school at the age of 14 to engage in subsistence farming with his parents to support his struggling family. Fifteen years later, as a father of four living in Kibarama village, Rukungiri District, Edson still relies on subsistence farming to support his household. During prolonged dry seasons, the family is at [...]