Without giving it a lot of publicity lately, but we are running a shop in Kotido. We, are the women of the Mothers Union, and the artists and womengroups where Karamoja Arts is working together with.
Since March we have a shopkeeper. A lovely lady who understands business very well. But at the same time trusted enough to carry that responsibility.
It’s a joint venture: Mothers Union ladies are selling snacks in the shop. Karamoja Arts is selling their Arts and Crafts. And DCDS, the development group from the Diocese, is selling food: Rice, Maize flour and Beans.
The clinic is very closeby, where the in-patients like to buy something like soda, soap, milk etc.. Also the workers of the Diocese, on which compound the shop is situated, like to come and buy food… and then pick sometimes some other items.
Tourists also come in… sometimes because of Karamoja Arts… and sometimes because they spot the signpost at the roadside.
The profit goes to the livelihood of the Karimojong. We pay the salaries of the Karimojong workers. We want to be trustworthy in that: paying salaries in time. And then the demonstration garden becomes a very nice discussion point: how to use you money and gain enough from your garden. How to plant and why like this or that… We call it an holistic approach: touching all areas of life. The next step is building a sanddam in Kotido!
So you are very welcome at our shop: you’ll support with us Karimojong livelihood!