Milking the opportunities left behind
Youth migration from rural to urban areas is often attributed to a lack of employment in the rural areas. Statistically, more youth crowd up the cities searching for better opportunities, and those who stay back may find opportunities for income and livelihood in excess. In Kyotera District, Uganda, just like in many other countries, this is the case.
In 2020, Diana Nikum and Sumaiah Nakate were caught up in the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown that caused many schools and organizations to shut down. They took the opportunity to participate in livestock training through the youth compact of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project.
After the training, both ladies purchased five exotic breed sheep. They herded the sheep on a massive expanse of land abandoned by those who went to cities searching for opportunities.