Farmers who live near River Ssezibwa in Buikwe district are grappling with the adverse effects of climate change. Currently, silting has affected the flow of the river as the water plunged into Ssezibwa falls.
“Fish shifted to deeper waters because flood water were dirty and dark, it affected fish visibility.”
“Now that I am 67 years old, solar power has greatly helped me. Before I acquired solar, I used to tie a small torch on my forehead at night when mingling in the kitchen and going for nature call in the latrine or use kerosene lamp. I suffered a lot. But today, I am saving the money I used to spend on buying torches and part of that money is helping me to pay school fees, buy sugar, and other home stuff.”
Ms Alobo, a farmer, used her savings from selling farm produce and borrowing from her village saving group to make monthly installment payments of Shs24,000 ($6.9). If she did not have the full amount for that month, the solar company allowed her to deposit Shs10,000 ($2.9), less than half the installment amount per month.
“Ensure you capture different voices when pursuing your story. Be gender sensitive and relate your stories with issues in the communities like GBV, Sexually Reproductive Health, Mental Health, and Education. Tap into solution stories and other broader National agenda,” Ms. Diana Karakire