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The Tekera Peso is a currency unique to the Tekera Resource Centre
Tekera Pesos are earned by community members, who work at TRC for Pesos in lieu of Uganda Shillings
Because they never expire, community members can use these Pesos for various services at the Centre as well as for foodstuffs in the town
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.
WhyOn average, a rural household income in Uganda according to the 2016 Census, was almost $4 per day, or $115 per month. This would often fall short of cost of living, including education, food, clothing, and home maintenance.
StoryThrough the Community Work Program, community members contribute to the sustainability and daily needs of the TRC by participating and providing input into its programming. They earn Tekera Pesos while doing so, spend these Pesos at the Centre and the township, and "pay their way" independently.
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.