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Conducted business skills development training for SMEs financed by Balloon Ventures.

In July 2020 Marathon Development Consultants conducted business skills development training for SMEs financed by Balloon Ventures in Eastern Uganda at two venues; Mbale and Jinja. The training focused on Business Strategy, Marketing  for SMEs and Grooming Enterprise Leaders.

Reviewed and updated business plans  for farmers' Cooperatives/Organisations

In May 2020 a team of  Marathon consultants worked with Enterprise Uganda to review and update Business Plans of 45 farmer cooperatives/organisations under the World Bank funded Agricultural Cluster Development Project (ACDP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. These farmer cooperatives located in the Districts of Mbale, Kapchorwa and Bukwo were supported to finalize their business plans and investment profiles to enable them access value addition equipment grant in their selected agricultural enterprises under the ACDP.

Similarly in November 2019 a team of  Marathon consultants worked with Enterprise Uganda to review and update Business Plans of 28 farmer cooperatives/organisations under the World Bank funded Agricultural Cluster Development Project (ACDP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. These farmer cooperatives located in the Districts of Iganga, Namutumba, Bugweri and Bugiri were supported to finalize their business plans and investment profiles to enable them access value addition equipment in their selected agricultural enterprises under the ACDP.

Baseline Survey for Farm Africa’s Commercialising Chilli Production (CCP) Project

In May – June 2019, Marathon conducted a Baseline Survey for Farm Africa’s Commercialising Chilli Production (CCP) Project in three sub counties of Aromo, Amach and Barr in Lira District. Under funding from aBi Development Ltd (formerly aBi Trust) to Farm Africa and the North East Chilli Producers Association (NECPA) the three-year CCP project aimed to deliver an enhanced extension package to 3,000 (120 groups of 25 members each) chilli farmers in Aromo, Barr and Amach sub-counties. The overall goal of the project is to increase NECPA’s exports of international market standardized ABE chilli, and the project impact is profit increases for actors in the Lira Chilli Value Chain. The project will strengthen the technical capacity of NECPA and their extension team to support market orientated chilli production across their entire area of operation.

Endline Survey for World Education Inc./Bantwana Initiative (WEI/Bantwana)

In June 2018 Marathon conducted an Endline Survey for World Education Inc./Bantwana Initiative (WEI/Bantwana) “Adolescent Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (AYEDI)” four year project across 4 districts (Gulu, Lira, Iganga, and Bugiri) in Northern and Eastern Uganda. This project had been implemented by WEI/Bantwana since 2014 to 2018 in partnership with the Government of Uganda, Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO), Straight Talk Foundation (STF) and RECO industries. The project aimed at reducing adolescent youth’s engagement in hazardous work in the targeted areas. In order to achieve the above goal, the project used a three pronged strategy that involved: - Youth engagement in empowerment clubs, pursuit of an education path way (Secondary school block grant (SSBG), Non formal education (NFE) Integrated functional Literacy for youth (I-FLY) and access to a range of appropriate decent work support. By the end of the project a total of 4,967 youth had been provided with education and livelihood services.

Provision of Business Development Services and training in Climate Smart Agriculture

From 2018 to date Marathon is the contracted Business Service Development Provider/Trainer for Private Sector Foundation Uganda’s Skills Development Facility (PSFU/SDF) for two farmer organizations namely; Jinja District Farmers Association (JDFA) and Nagojje Community Based Bio Diversity Association (NACOBA). This has involved training in climate smart agriculture, improvement of small holder farmers’ income generating activities, strengthening Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) and collective marketing initiatives. The SFU/SDF supports activities in the informal agricultural, construction and manufacturing sectors that have a positive impact on the environment and climate. Marathon has provided skills improvement training to the two organizations focusing on the Green Growth activities of climate smart agriculture. The trainings also include farmer institutional development areas such as business skills development, farming as a business and post-harvest handling/collective marketing among others.