Demographically, Uganda is the second youngest country in the world, with a median age of 15.9.  Job creation simply cannot keep up with the number of people entering the workforce each year. As a result, more than 70% of Ugandans are employed in agriculture, with most youth working in unpaid or self-employed positions on family-owned farms.

Economic self-sufficiency is essential for independence and communal development. Agriculture is generally a family’s most valuable asset. IYHA programs include skill building, business and technical training, and ongoing mentorship.


Future entrepreneurs receive training and classroom courses in areas such as animal husbandry, veterinary care, or agricultural advisement. They are then provided with an income producing enterprise project in the form of piglets, chickens or agricultural seedlings in order to build on and expand the family’s economic position.

Project Need: Of the total applications received, an average of 41% of projects are funded.

Women's Enterprise Training Program (WETP)

WETP is built on the idea that with appropriate tools and education, young women can grow into powerful leaders in the community and shape the economic and educational success of future generations. Participants learn vocational tools and strategies to create their own enterprises and sources of ongoing revenue. Participants also learn finance, accounting, leadership, goal setting, personal savings and how to create an effective village savings and loans cooperative. As model citizens, they work together to determine their own futures contexts, and educational backgrounds (many are not literate).

Program Need:  Annually, IYHA turns down between 5-7 cooperatives due to limited funding; directly impacting between 180-210 people.

Community Development Associations (CDA)

The CDA program is designed to help Ugandan farmers increase or expand their agricultural production while also contributing to the economic health, vitality and development of the local community. We do this through: (1) educational workshops and business trainings, (2) exposure visits to demonstration farms with technical and practical applications, (3) implementation support through on-going mentorship and group strengthening classes, and (4) agricultural subsidies for successful program graduates to either launch or expand their agribusiness.

Program Need: Of the total number of applications received, only 65% are accepted into the CDA Program.