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The Tekera Peso is a currency unique to the Tekera Resource Centre
Community members can work at Tekera to earn Tekera Pesos at any time, they never expire
Community members can use these Pesos for various services at the Centre
The Tekera Peso allows members of our community to participate in obtaining services at the Centre, without having to have an actual income. It makes our programs universally accessible to everyone in the community.
WhyThe 2016 average rural household income in Uganda was $115 a month - often not enough to cover monthly expenses.
StoryThrough the community work program, community members can earn Tekera Peso’s which they can then spend at the Centre for services.
In order to give real worth to the services offered by the Centre, a local currency was developed by TRC when the Centre opened. The Tekera Peso looks - and is used as - real money but has no real monetary value. The Peso is earned by working at the Centre, through the Community Work Programme. The Community Work Programme aims to develop a real sense of community ownership of the Centre while also ensuring that services are not taken for granted.
The Work Programme is organized so that people can work on the community farm, help maintain the Centre compound or designated area in the community (such as road repairs). They earn 1 peso per hour or task (equivalent to 500 UGX). Pesos can then be used to pay for services at the health clinic and for adult education classes. Some have traded the Peso locally in exchange of goods like sugar or salt.
The Centre has since worked hard to maintain the value of the peso by continuing to be strict about peso payments and ensuring that pesos are only awarded to those who have worked one full hour.