One of our pupils, Joy, with her mother, has seized the opportunity of early harvests to cook and sell boiled fresh maize, a local delicacy when harvest time arrives.

It’s been tough, because much of the harvest locally has been quite poor – and with Covid lockdowns there are cases of people committing suicide because they have nothing to eat and men abandoning their families because they cannot provide them with food.

Early in the morning, Joy and her mum visit farmers in their gardens and fields to buy the maize, then bring it home to prepare. Joy says they boil about 50 maize cobs daily, each one selling for 500 Ugandan shillings (equivalent to roughly 10 pence sterling). Her mother explains that the small profit they make assists them to purchase goods for their basic needs.