Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Barongin Savings and Investment Society

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Tufts University
  • Jedediah Silver

Barongin Savings and Investment Society

Jed envisioned the Barongin Savings and Investment Society (BASIS) project to provide support to farmers in the village of Barongin in northern Uganda by generating savings, access to credit, increased investment and better market access. Working with 16 existing savings and credit groups, BASIS also sought to construct a produce bulking center that in time could become a full cooperative society. The BASIS project was aligned with RREADI, a small NGO in Barongin that is involved in linking local farmers to Uganda Breweries Limited through a sorghum-growing project. 

The first stage of the project was savings and loans training. Twelve groups, totaling 318 people, received this training and seven of those groups, totaling 202 people, got additional training in financial literacy. Still under development but underway is the creation of the bulking center. A committee consisting of one elected member from each trained group has been formed to obtain the labor and bricks for the construction of the center, which should be completed in time to receive this year’s harvest.
Jed projects that a registered cooperative society will be functioning within two years.

While peace returned to northern Uganda some years ago, few communities have had the opportunity to shape peace into individual and community prosperity. BASIS provides that opportunity through developing the social and physical infrastructure to move people beyond relief handouts and change the conversation about development work.