Montute

A tradional welcome, a song and the big tree

A tradional welcome, a song and the big tree

One Last Post from Uganda

 OK, I’m actually on my way to Tanzania but I didn’t want to leave Uganda behind with out one last story.

 

This one’s about a very special group of women who call themselves “Montute”. Montute means ‘women can do it’ in Acholi and the group truly lives up to that name. The women are part of a program that CPAR’s Gulu office is implementing called SPRING with funding from USAID. Quite a few acronyms n’est pas?

Montute is based near Burkwoyo Village which is down several dusty roads from Gulu. The women farmers have received training and supplies to help them plant improved varieties of ground nuts. Ground nuts are the same as peanuts and an important source of protein.

 The group of about 20 women welcomed us with a traditional song before describing how the project is helping them and their families. The area has been in a near drought situation and the ground nuts have proven to be very hardy. They then gave a demonstration of how they harvest the crop by hand.

 Montute? Yes they can.   

Montute members learn to plant groundnuts by row which improves the harvest

Montute members learn to plant groundnuts by row which improves the harvest

Harvesting ground nuts by hand

Harvesting ground nuts by hand

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One Response to “Montute”

  1. I kind of disagree, but I do see your point.

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