Masindi Community Foundation, MCF, exists to strengthen community philanthropy so as to build social capital for promoting and facilitating asset based development as an approach that enables local citizens establish and manage sustainable social enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods.
Masindi Community Foundation, MCF, is a nonprofit organization whose aim is to nurture and strengthen community philanthropy so as to build social capital for promoting and facilitating asset based development as an approach that enables local citizens establish and manage sustainable social enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods and helping them achieve poverty relief.
A social enterprise is basically a self-help group of people who work together to improve their livelihoods. Members individually operate similar core businesses eg. poultry enterprise but meet regularly to share and learn from each other’s best practices, undertake collective marketing, meet regularly to save part of their earnings and receive low interest loans from the savings pool so as to invest into their businesses, venture into other micro-enterprises or meet other needs. And to benefit from diversity or to venture into other micro-enterprises like apiary, rice production, cassava production etc, members meet and learn other production skills/knowledge from members of other social enterprises eg. learning about effective maize pre and post-harvest management from members operating maize enterprise. MCF organizes such learning and sharing meetings between two different social enterprises upon requests by members.
Some of the notable achievements of the foundation are;
Budongo Basket Weavers Association, BUBWA, an only women-association consisting of 210 poor women. BUBWA has been successful in linking their asset of traditional expertise in embroidery to available market opportunities for the baskets provided by hundreds of tourists who visit Budongo forest, one of the key tourist attractions in Uganda.
Nyabyeya Development Association, NYADA: NYADA consists of the following CBOs; Balijukira poultry group engaged in poultry production, Nyabyeya census goat group engaged in goat enterprise, Budongo United Carpenters Association, BUCA, Tweteranize hamu maize group, Superica rice group, Management chapaati enterprise group, Courageous vegetable group, Nyabyeya tailoring group, Nyabyeya crafts group, Nyabyeya bee keeping group and Nyabyeya brick making group. Here 18 members (7 women and 11 men) from Balijukira poultry group, 22 from Nyabyeya census goat group (15 women and 7men), 14 from Budongo United Carpenters Association, BUCA (all men), 19 from Tweteranize hamu maize group (13 women and 6 men), 15 from Superica rice group (6 women and 9 men), 13 from Management chapaati enterprise group (11 women and 2 men), 12 from Courageous vegetable group (5 women and 7 men), 11 from Nyabyeya tailoring group (all women), 11 from Nyabyeya crafts group (all women), 11 from Nyabyeya bee keeping group (3 women and 8 men) and 11 from Nyabyeya brick making group (all men) are being supported.
The enterprises are improving livelihoods for the members as can be manifested by members’ savings which is now over$7,600, clearly showing increased income generated by the social enterprises/groups.
MCF’s measure of impact is the total monthly income obtained by the community members. Currently over 1,000 people earn average monthly income of atleast $20,000 from the foundation’s interventions.
MCF’s strategic objective is to create 40,000 sustainable social enterprises to improve livelihoods and ensure poverty relief for atleast 800,000 people.
MCF’s business model involves conducting community workshops to (i) establish sustainable social enterprises capable of improving livelihoods of disadvantaged people towards achieving poverty relief, (ii) continuously develop skills of the community groups/social enterprise in operating and improving their social enterprises. Thus volunteers shall become part of these workshops, where they will freely interact with community members and guide them in managing their social enterprises.
The model also involves establishing savings and loan schemes for each social enterprise/group established. Here every social enterprise convenes weekly meeting to collect savings and disburse loans to members. Volunteers can become part of these weekly meetings to educate members how to invest loans into their social enterprises as a way of realizing high income to improve their livelihoods. The volunteers can also provide business/enterprise management knowledge to the members
The volunteers will also be helping social enterprise members with agricultural activities in their plantations like weeding, harvesting, planting etc.
The volunteers will also teach young learners life skills (3-6 years) at our community early childhood development centre.
All MCF’s programs are continuous, thus the foundation is always in need for volunteers to support the various community development efforts.
We have a guest house for the volunteers. The apartment is complete with a bedroom, kitchen, washroom and living area. There is small negotiable fee to cover the rental cost, which depends on the duration of stay of the volunteer.
We charge a small fee of USD 10 per day per volunteer. This caters for meals and covers other miscellaneous costs like guided tours etc.