Saturday, May 30, 2015

Small Business Uganda

Today we got to visit one of the rural villages called Kasawa and visited the home of one of the farmers there. His farm was 22 acres of maize, bananas, pumpkins, Irish and sweet potatoes, mango, and bananas. All he and his workers harvested, planted, by hand including the channels for irrigation which they dug themselves. It was very humbling and impressive to see how much is capable with simple determination and your own two hands.

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  1. I think your last sentence really sums up our experience today. I cannot imagine what it would be like to harvest such a large amount of land without machinery.

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  2. One thing I found extremely humbling was the fact that he wanted to stop at the acres he has when he turns fifty, instead of expanding exponentially. This comes from his father telling him that at that age you need to rest. The fact that he has the will power to stop and remain content is very humbling to me.

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  3. What really struck me about this visit was the fact that he had acres and acres of land but only had 10 employees working for him. There was a water trench that someone wanted 100,000 shillings for and instead of paying him for the labor, he did it himself. The amount of work that he has done in his lifetime is truly inspirational.

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  4. As everyone before me has stated, this experience was extremely humbling. Here in Uganda, work is brought out in ways one won't even fathom in the United States. One quote that really struck out to me was "I only have one wife." Which, as we have all learned, the wealthy men in Uganda will have many wives, indicating that they have wealth and power. Such an inspiration listening to him talk about his work and what he has done!

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  5. He is an amazing man; I agree with everyone else as well the experience was incredibly humbling. He is an extremely hard worker and unbelievably dedicated. Some thing that I found very interesting about this experience that he has never asked for a tractor or any kind of machinery to help him farm. People who have one acre of land try to do everything they can to get a tractor, but he has over fifty acres and he has never even asked for one. He is an incredibly amazing man and I am so impressed and amazed by him.

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  6. He is an amazing man; I agree with everyone else as well the experience was incredibly humbling. He is an extremely hard worker and unbelievably dedicated. Some thing that I found very interesting about this experience that he has never asked for a tractor or any kind of machinery to help him farm. People who have one acre of land try to do everything they can to get a tractor, but he has over fifty acres and he has never even asked for one. He is an incredibly amazing man and I am so impressed and amazed by him.

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  7. Speaking on small businesses I have really enjoyed the different markets in the area! Elephant pants. When we went to the markets around the equator I remember seeing some pants in the distance that looked very comfortable and was thinking how my sister would love them! Little did I know that I would just be buying some for myself. That type of pant has impacted almost everyone on this trip. I think that maybe everyone will be leaving Uganda with a pair. They are such a good souvenir in my opinion that will make so many people smile when they are worn.

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