Women Income Network is a community based organisation that aims at empowering unprevilleged women through maggot farming
Women Income Network (WIN)is a community-based organization founded in August 2020 to provide a more profitable and safe alternative revenue stream for financially vulnerable rural women working in stonequarries, a sustainable and affordable protein feed for animal farmers, and an eco-friendly bio-wasterecycling system, all through maggot farming. The initiative is located in Kalagala, Luwero district, about 35kilometers from Uganda’s capital city.
We provide training programs on maggot farming, parent stock of maggots to rural women’s groups (program participants) in stone quarries and establish maggot cultivation shelters to support rural women initiate maggot farming as an income generating activity.
Our core values
Diversify employment for sustainable growth of Luwero district.
We pay much interest in fostering new collaborations that can link us modern biotechnologies adoption, new markets and those that can support infrastructure development in Luwero district through establishment of maggot cultivation shelters. With the support of our partners, we have established a maggot training center for participants selected for the program. In the last year, 120 women have received free maggot farming training and havebeen guided on the establishment of maggot cultivation shelters. These are ready to become maggot-waste entrepreneurs.
Our Unique Value Propostion
Our concept is designed to drive economic empowerment for rural women. as they also confront the world’s biggest challenges of food insecurity and climate change. This is because the maggot farming concept has the ability to bio-convert organic waste (food scraps, marketwaste, brewery waste, etc.) which is a pollutant to 9.2% maggot feed (protein animal feed), 35.2% agricultural input residue in the form of eco-friendly manure, and 55.6%evaporated water hence setting pace for a circular
Capacity Building Through Training:
WIN believes in the transformative power of education and skill development. We provide comprehensive training programs to women, focusing on maggot farming technology, sustainable agriculture practices, and entrepreneurship. Through the trainer-of-trainee model, we create a sustainable learning ecosystem, ensuring that the knowledge is disseminated widely, and women can confidently establish and manage their maggot farms.
Environmental Stewardship and Waste Management:
WIN addresses the challenge of improper waste disposal by implementing MAGG-TECH, an innovative solution that converts organic waste into valuable resources. By leveraging black soldier fly larvae, we efficiently convert organic waste from the Kiteezi landfill into maggot feed, eco-friendly manure, and evaporated water. This not only mitigates the environmental impact of waste decomposition but also contributes to sustainable agriculture practices and climate change mitigation.
Economic Empowerment and Market Linkages:
WIN’s approach extends beyond training, ensuring that women not only acquire skills but also benefit economically. We provide financial support and resources to motivated women, enabling them to start their maggot farms. Additionally, we actively seek market linkages for the products generated, such as fertilizers and poultry food, creating a sustainable income source for the women involved. This holistic approach fosters economic independence and contributes to the overall prosperity of the community.