From pumpkins to profits  —  a Ugandan success story


Fatuma Namatosi was born into a hard life in Shananda  —  a village in Bungokho-Mbale in eastern Uganda. But she was determined to complete her studies. Her elder brother helped her to pay her enrollment fees, and for her part, she excelled in her studies. Namatosi’s hard work paid off when she and her mother started their own rice gardens. Drawing upon her formal education and experience in agriculture and with help from a U.S.-backed program, Namatosi founded Byeffe Foods in April 2015. Her business adds value to pumpkin crops by processing them into flour, which is then sold across the country. Read more.