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TRC strives to be economically self - sufficient

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Models of self - sufficiency are built into every program and project

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It is important for TRC to become free of foreign funding for its operations

In everything we do, we build in a self - sufficiency component. This ensures that programs and projects that are implemented have a long - term focus.

- Bridget Congo, ICEF President

Why

We work with communities to achieve 100% self - sufficiency
Self - sufficiency is integrated into all our programming: economic empowerment opens opportunity for individual choices. Often development initiatives fail because sustainability is not factored in - leaving programs susceptible to ongoing funding procurement. We are trying to reverse this by increasing TRC’s capacity for efficiency and effective self management. The result is gradual diminishment of foreign investment over time.

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Story

Each of the four departments (Primary/Vocational Schools, Demonstration/Co-operative/Community Farms, Midwifery and Medical Clinic, Women's Craft Club) each have specific goals for increasing income and sustainability.
Primary/Vocational Schools: Integrating graduating from primary school into entrance in vocational programming encourages students to acquire trade certificates which will allow them to bring income to themselves and their families. Due to strong academic performance, TRC School now attracts boarding students from the rest of the country which financially helps to support programming.

Demonstration/Co-operative/Community Farms: Without the TRC volunteers, community farming members, and marketing of produce in the village and Masaka township, the local population that rely on agriculture for their income would not be able to transport their goods to distant locations. With the provision of that service the average income per farmer has multiplied significantly since ICEF's involvement.

Midwifery and Medical Clinic: Providing a local venue for mothers to give birth and families to participate has meant the birthing has become safer and immunization can be immediately provided. As the levels of the clinics increase, more opportunity will be provided for additional staffing alongside the service.

Women's Craft Club: With the hiring of our field director Maureen Nakalinzi, the local women have been improving their skills and adding variety to the products that are offered for sale both at TRC and markets around the country. As well, some of these goods are sent internationally where they are sold at fair-trade competitive prices.

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Impact

As in every country in the world, if people have a viable education, decent income and opportunity for growth, self esteem and hope grow.
Currently we generate income through operating a commercial piggery, fees collected from the schools, small fees for medical clinic services, electronics-charging from solar energy, selling of produce from the TRC farms to hotels and restaurants, and transporting goods on behalf of the community. Future income generation goals include a commercial chicken operation and a digital solar micro-grid business centre.

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