BY WALTER KUMIRA
AMURU: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2022
Cycle connect, a company providing interest free loans and assets for smallholder farmers has expanded its operations from Adjumani district to Amuru district.
Williams Komakech Cainan, the Programs Manager of Cycle Connect, said they provide farmers with production assets like bicycles, motorcycles, oxen and grinding mill machines. The farmers then pay back after a period of one year to two years without interest.
He explained that in case a client fails to pay back the loan, they first find out what could be the problem and if he or she fails to comply they don’t arrest but withdraw the asset on loan.
Emmy Okkema, the Director of Cycle Connect, while addressing farmers during the launched of their new branch in Atiak Sub County over the weekend, said the project aims at empowering farmers with asset loans to improve their businesses and generate more money to support the education of their children and the wellbeing of their families.
The director further stated that, they plan to open up five smaller branches in Pader, Dokolo, Oyam, Nwoya, Apac, and Otuke districts respectively and expand to other regions.
Geoffrey Ochora, the parish chief of Pacumoro Ward, speaking on behalf of the Town Clerk, appreciated the company for bringing life changing services nearer to the local people.
Cycle Connect, has a total of 10,000 Clients within Acholi and Lango Sub regions with 500 of them coming from Atiak sub County in Amuru district alone.
Community members, who benefited from the Cycle Connect Community Transformation Project in Atiak Sub County in Amuru district, have praised the organization for empowering the vulnerable parents to send their children back to schools.
Nelson Ayella, resident of Pagirinya Village in Lugangwa Parish in Dzaipi Sub County in Adjumani district, who joined the project in 2017, says he was facing challenges in paying school fees and other domestic duties but got relieved after engaging himself in subsistence farming using the Oxen he acquired on loan.
Ayella, who also doubles as the chairperson of Acholi Community in Dzaipi Sub County, said he is now paying his children in good schools and taking care of other domestic expenses through the money he generates from his Oxen.
Raphael Orach, the chairperson of Cycle Connect in Wiceli Village in Pogo Parish, Amuru district, said he used to have sleepless nights whenever children were going back to school because he had limited source of income to raise their tuition fees but got relieved when he went for Oxen loan and engaged in subsistence farming.