The Republic of Uganda is a landlocked state in East Africa, with a population of approximately 46 million. It is situated on a plateau and borders on five other countries: South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ruanda and Congo. Its landscape and fauna are fascinating for their beauty. For a long time the country was under authoritarian rule, but more recently it has opened up to democratic processes. The average age is 15.7 years. Uganda is a country of very low incomes, with a rapidly growing population and widespread poverty.

For poor people in Uganda, a milk cow is out of reach. Even with microfinancing buying one is scarcely possible, since the loan must be repaid at high interest. Our “MoreMilk” project is compellingly simple. It donates milk cows worth 300 euros each to mothers in Butiru. The two firstborn calves are given to other women. On average, these local zebus give about 1500 litres of milk a year. That’s enough to provide 8 to 10 children with a half litre each per day. Mixed into maize porridge in the morning, it gives kids a healthy breakfast.

The mothers can sell the extra milk to get a small additional income. Thus, our MoreMilk project provides two important and sustained benefits.

The mothers receive two to four bee colonies for their own supply and for the personal sale of honey. However, the future professionally run beekeeping farm “Masabaland Honey Farm” of the organisation “Christian Social Work in Uganda” is at the centre of beekeeping. We have been given a 12,500 square metre plot of sloping land planted with eucalyptus, gruvera and tithonia. We are planning to set up 200 bee colonies here. Our aim is to set up this honey farm as a beekeeping training centre for the many poor women – Butiru Women Beekeepers. As a first step, we have already been able to set up 22 beehives on the site. Work has recently begun on fencing off the site and building a small work shed – in local clay construction – for equipment, honey extractor, packaging, storage and overnight accommodation.

The project has attracted the interest not just of business associates, but also of employees of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, and motivated them to make their own donations. As Christina Dickel, Curator of the Stern-Wywiol Gallery, puts it, “The idea of MoreMilk is ingenious. A poor family will never be able to afford a cow on their own. Our donation goes directly to the mothers and their children. And it’s just nice to be part of it. Where else can you buy a cow as a team and do something good?” For a lot of cows, you need a lot of donors. We’re looking for multipliers for this beneficial project who act as cow ambassadors to their friends and acquaintances.