To begin with I’m Mike from Rusinga Island where I…
Until now, Lake Victoria on the island of Rusinga has provided an income for the fishing villages and fed many people. However, due to severe overfishing, traditional fishing is in particular collapsing. This has dramatic consequences for the fishermen and their families, but also for all other people on Rusinga, who can no longer buy fish and thus lose an important part of their nutrition. In addition, the Corona crisis and the lack of rainfall due to climate change are further causes of ever increasing food prices.
Mike Okella has therefore intensively acquired knowledge about fish farming and has already dug fish ponds. Mike has already started raising tilapia fish and has gained important experience. Based on this, he has presented a detailed business plan in order to be able to set up a fish farm that will work economically in the long term. There are four large ponds ready for 2,000 fish each and two small ponds in which he raises fingerlings. However, since some equipment is still needed, such as a pump and pipes for water exchange and foils for lining the ponds, he has received a grant.
The fish will be ready after only 6 months and can then be put on the market. We support the start of the project in October 2021, so that two first ponds can be stocked. The proceeds will then enable the third and fourth ponds to be stocked step by step and the loans to be repaid after approximately 9 months. The funds will then be available for new charitable projects.
Mike wants to support the community. Therefore, the DECHWA COMMUNITY YOUTH SELF HELP GROUP was founded on September 29, 2021 to take over the project. The registered association has 12 members and pursues charitable purposes like our other partners on Rusinga. Not only the use of the later profits for the community is guaranteed. Young people are also trained in fish farming. Because in view of the development one fish farm will be too little. The 13-page training program with 12 modules covers not only the actual fish farming but also business management topics.