Online Project Showcase
  • Organisation:

    Love Mercy Foundation

  • ABN or Auspicing Organisation:

    71 142 069 645

  • Scope of Activity:

    International

  • Geographic Location:

    Uganda

  • Target Groups:

    Mothers
    Rural / Regional
    Singles
    Widows
    Unemployed

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Funding Information

  • Total Funding Required (AUD):

    1500000

  • Current Funding (AUD):

    700000

  • Funding Needed (AUD):

    800000

  • Tax Deductability Status (DGR):

    Yes

  • Tax Concession Status (TCC):

    Yes

  • DGR Additional Information:

    DGR1

  • Other Funding Partners:

    Syngenta Australia, The Horse, The Wanderers, public donations

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 01 Mar 2011
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 30 Nov 2020
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • Love Mercy exists to empower communities in Northern Uganda to overcome poverty caused by decades of war. Our projects specifically seek to empower women through self-employment thereby increasing the whole family’s access to education, health care, and future income generation
  • Project Description:
  • Cents for Seeds is changing the lives of families in Uganda by empowering women and enabling them to provide for their families. For a small $30 donation, A woman is provided with a 30kg loan of seeds such as beans or sesame, as well as a hand held gardening tool, educational workshops, and access to savings groups. A 30kg loan can harvest a yield of approximately 150kgs as such, once she completes the program, she is able to return her loan- and continue for 3-5 years, which enables another woman to join the program. Currently there are 10,000 women in the program and we aim to increase our reach to 20,000 women by 2020.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • Through Love Mercy's Cents for Seeds program, women are supported by community leaders and given access to the necessary agricultural knowledge and skills. By supporting them to generate their own income, the program empowers women and girls and increases access to education and health care.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • According to the World Bank, over 40% of the Ugandan population live in poverty, surviving on less than $1.90USD per day. With an average birth rate of 7+ children per woman, the female community are under huge pressure to provide for these children. Cents for Seeds program both empowers women and girls to become self-sufficient, and strives to end the ongoing cycle of poverty.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • Each woman that enters the program receives 30kgs of seeds as a loan, as well as the necessary agricultural and financial training to succeed long term. They are learning the skills to be able to earn their own income, make decisions on how to save and spend that income, and reinvest into their own communities. This enables them to be the agents of change within their communities and we have seen an increase in agency of our women, as well as a reported decrease in domestic violence as a result. Women are also elected as leaders of each group within their communities. They are trained in basic literacy skills, something that many missed out on due to decades of civil war. Furthermore, women have become entrepreneurs by creating their own communal banks, and starting other small businesses outside of their crops such as sewing, shea butter harvesting, and livestock businesses.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • The founders of Love Mercy, Eloise Welling and Julius Achon (Olympic runners for Australia and Uganda) regularly speak at events throughout the year, spreading awareness for the challenges facing the women of Northern Uganda. Compass on ABC ran an episode featuring both runners discussing Love Mercy also has a solid social media presence via Instagram and Facebook, often featuring stories of women in the program.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • Love Mercy evaluates the success of the Cents for Seeds program through the number of women in the program, the amount of income generated by women, and how this income is spent (i.e. educations and healthcare). This data is recorded by staff on the ground in Uganda as well as through face to face interviews with the participants.

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Caitlin Barrett

  • Email:

    caitlin@lovemercyfoundation.org

  • Website:

    Click Here

  • Phone:

    +61 2 8581 5650