KadAfrica envisions a world where out-of-school girls are economic drivers of their communities. We use passion fruit farming as a vehicle for girls to build their own support systems to become independent and empowered decision makers.
More than 70% of households in Uganda grow food on a subsistence basis only—meaning little to no income. Because of this farming is not seen as a business, but rather a chore delegated to women and girls.
There is approximately 19 million hectares of land available for agriculture in Uganda and less than 1% is dedicated to fruits and vegetables.
- Abundance of natural resources
- Soil has low levels of contamination due to minimal use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides
- Bi-modal rainfall pattern
- Moderate temperatures (15-30ºC)
- The November to February harvest period in Uganda coincides with the northern hemisphere winter, which is a period of peak demand for fresh fruits and vegetables in Europe.
Why Passion Fruit?
Passion fruit vines grow above ground on poles, which leaves land open for ground dwelling crops so farmers can feed their families while generating income through a surplus of passion fruit.
- Between 1990 and 2000 passion fruit was cultivated on a commercial scale as part of an export initiative of the Ugandan government.
- By 2005 only 7 metric tons of fresh fruit were exported from Uganda. This reduction in productivity and quality has been attributed to biotic and management related factors.
- Currently, 70% of fresh fruit is imported from neighboring countries, and processors rely on pulp sourced from Asia because of inconsistent supply. The Ugandan market is ripe with opportunity!
In rural Uganda, economic dependence is one of the primary injustices facing out of school girls.
- Dropping out of school has serious implications for girls' social and physical well being, making this group particularly vulnerable.
- Early marriage and pregnancy tend to follow school drop-out, which greatly affects their ability to improve their financial situation.
- Farming is not generally seen as a business, but rather a chore delegated to women and girls. They are expected to become the main breadwinner rather than furthering their education.
Connect girls at the last mile of production with mass market distribution
Organise Girl Co-Ops
KadAfrica targets girls from the ages of 14–20 who have dropped out of school.
- The average level of school completed is S4
- More than 60% of girls have at least one child
- The average income prior to joining was $3
- 7% had previous agricluture training
Train girls & oversee farms
Cooperatives are provided the support of a trained facilitator who serves as both a mentor and trainer, as well as the service of a devoted agriculture extension worker.
By participating in the “KadAfrica Experience” program, girls receive:
- Curriculum based and hands on training
- Access to land, quality seedling, agroinputs, and technical support
- Bulked transport and a ready market
- Cooperative support and saving schemes
Buy from Girls
Utilizing a Hub-Spoke collection model, KadAfrica buys 100% of quality fruit at the local market price.
- Girls’ production is brought to a centralized location, sorted, graded and packed, and shipped to Kampala for urban market whole sale.
- Because girls have a ready market they are able to focus on quality production and personal development.
Sell to our Network
KadAfrica has over 20 regular locals buyers for fresh fruit, as well as sells to two Kampala-based export companies.
Enable girls to become economic drivers of their communities
Impact in Numbers
In a baseline study conducted in early 2014, it was found that on average girls participating in our programming made $3 per month prior to passion fruit cultivation. At an average monthly income of $20, KadAfrica is creating an approximate 600% increase in income generation per girl.