Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Road To Mbarara

We met our Uganda Cooperative Association group and had a good introduction into the role and goals of the central cooperative. Met a wonderful fellow Ivan, a tutor who delivers financial management training to credit union managers and directors. We completed our discussions over lunch at a local Indian restaurant... the food was excellent!

We left shortly after lunch for a 5 hour drive to Mbarara. Our driver John is educated and informative. As we drove along he pointed out areas of interest. We passed many soldiers who were deployed by the government as a deterrent against the unrest in Rwanda and surrounding areas.

The roadside is full of vendors or pedestrians on their way to their work or home. the fruit and vegetable vendors of which there are many, display their produce beautifully to attract customers of which there are few.
Uganda, or at least the little I've seen of it appear to be a nation of entrepreneurs. There is nothing you cannot find on the side of the road, mattresses, furniture, fruit, veg, and much more. Each of them supporting the development of their family and the economy.

The food basket of Africa is alive and well !

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