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Masindi Community Foundation (MCF) is a nonprofit organization created by the communities of Masindi district to build social capital for promoting and facilitating asset based development as an approach that enables groups of local citizens establish and manage sustainable social enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods and helping them achieve poverty relief.

MCF employs an asset based community driven development approach that helps community groups develop sustainable social enterprises using local resources that already exist in their communities for example, natural and physical assets (i.e., land, building); human assets (i.e., skills, talents, knowledge); social assets (i.e., community groups working for one another); cultural assets (i.e., crafts making skills); institutional assets (i.e., governmental departments and local government agencies); and financial assets (i.e., money).

MCF holds annual regular Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, PME workshops together with the community groups to discuss about; what significant changes have happened in their social enterprises since a particular point in time, why the changes were significant, how the changes took place and what decisions to make about future development activity. Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, PME workshops help in continuously developing skills of the community groups in operating and improving their social enterprises. Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, PME workshops also aid in identifying issues which negatively impact on the social enterprises of the groups; enabling MCF solely or through development partners to take appropriate actions.

MCF has established and supports the following social enterprises among others; 26 charcoal briquette producing social enterprises (farmers producing effective charcoal briquettes from postharvest agricultural wastes which are available in plenty normally after harvest as opposed to the traditional system of deforestation for charcoal production); so as to provide income/capital for the groups. The 26 charcoal briquette social enterprises- each social enterprise containing 25 members have so far yielded total income of more than Shs. 15,000,000 to the groups.

Budongo Basket Weavers Association, (BUBWA) is an only women-association/social enterprise consisting of 210 women. The social enterprise has been successful in linking her asset of traditional expertise in embroidery to available market opportunities for the baskets provided by hundreds of tourists who flock Budongo forest, one of the key tourist attractions in Uganda to see the various primates, key among them chimpanzees. BUBWA currently earns an average monthly income of between Shs. 50,000-Shs.100, 000 from basket production.

A maize-processing facility in Kigezi, Miirya subcountry. The facility has brought milling services closer to the people, while doing so at reduced fee. The income obtained from the milling services is injected into the community’s savings box which shall then provide small interest loans to community members to establish sustainable micro-enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods towards achieving poverty relief.

MCF’s measure of impact is the total monthly income obtained by the community members. Currently 1,518 people earn average monthly income of at least Shs. 5,000,000 from the foundation’s interventions.

MCF’s strategic objective is to create 40,000 sustainable social enterprises to improve livelihoods and ensure poverty relief for at least 800,000 impoverished people in Masindi region by the year 2020.

Please visit our website, www.mcfuganda.org, for more information.

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