Andrew Agaba, a Graduate who shelved his Degree to join Tea Farming and his life changed for good.
Andrew Agaba aged 42 is a tea farmer in Kabarole District (Mid-Western Uganda). Agaba is an accountant by profession, but due to failure to get decent employment in Kampala, he joined a research company. However, because of the high costs of living in the city – Agaba resigned from his Job, sold off his household items and returned back to the village to concentrate on Agriculture.
“When I returned to the village, many people thought I was bewitched but I proved them wrong by working hard and saving with Kijura SACCO. I joined it in 2012 and started saving and learning many things in the field of agriculture.”
He operates mostly on loans from the SACCO and he makes sure the loans are paid in the required time to gain the SACCO’s trust. In 2013 May, he got the first loan of Ug. Shs 3million at 2.5% Interest Rate (declining) payable in 12 months, which he used to construct a tea nursery
with over 20,000 seedlings. In April 2014, he got another loan of Ug. Shs. 10M to increase on the tea trees. His very first harvest and sales earned him Ug. Shs. 34million from which he bought a used double-cabin pickup at Ug. Shs. 10million. He saved the rest of the money.
“I have been able to save the money though I cannot recall my cumulative savings. This money I keep withdrawing to support my different projects as well as expand the tea estate. The best achievement I have got from SACCO trainings is learning how to grow my savings and good enterprise selection.”