success stories

Rose’s Story: Striving to get rid of poverty

Rose Ngoka is a young lady who is struggling to transform her life by exploring different opportunities that comes around. She is 23 years old with college background employed in a certain Organization but for her depending on monthly salary she cannot fulfill her basic needs and accomplish her dreams. Wherever she sees an opportunity she make use of it without considering if she can or not, what she believe is that, she can if she get training and be ready to act on the issue.

She is a SUGECO farmer who is cultivating Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) in a quarter acre of SUGECO farmland in Morogoro. She likes to encourage other youths to fight for life regardless of educational background that someone has.

‘‘To me degree is nothing if you cannot even make 2500ts per day (equivalent to one dollar US). Instead of wasting the time with nothing to do waiting for an employment, it’s better to  employ yourself and seek help from others to build your own micro enterprise’’

For months, she has been working with Kathleen Novelia who is a Food Preservation and Processing Specialist, a UNITERRA volunteer from Canada in making different dried fruits. This started off with her offering help to Kathleen as she saw the amount of different fruits she was processing. The simple gesture turns into a complete training that finally enables her to now process her own dried fruits and establish her micro enterprise, called Amani: Premium Dried Fruits.


By using solar dryer facility at SUGECO she learned on how to dry fruits without losing its nutrients and minerals, along with different techniques on manipulating fruits. So far, she is drying tomatoes, jackfruits, pineapples, plums, pears, bananas, mangoes, and sweet potatoes. She is also making fruit leathers from Kathleen, which is another type of dried fruits that requires a good amount of techniques in order to make it. Many people have been amazed by the texture and taste of the fruit leather since is the new product that most of Tanzanians are not aware of. Through the help and support she received, she has started to meet with clients in Morogoro.

Apart from that, Rose Ngoka has started her contribution in the society since the fruits she is drying she buys from the small holder farmers in Morogoro. By doing so, she is stimulating the fruits market and reducing post harvest losses. Her dream is to have a big enterprise for fruits processing and to become a business woman in sector of fruits.


Drip Irrigation System for Better Harvest

“Agriculture is a field that will never end, for all the youth who have interest and ambition to work in agriculture, will make the best value out of it.”

Erick Buguzi is a graduate in Bsc in Environmental Sciences and Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). After completing his studies in 2015, he joined a research activity on agriculture conservation that was funded by the Zambian Conservation Farming Unit (CFU). The project was implemented under the Department of Engineering Sciences and Technology at SUA.

Through the research project, he was able to learn a lot about different agricultural techniques, especially on farm management, agricultural mechanization, pests and diseases control, land use planning, and irrigation system technologies.

When he was working with the project, he used to visit Sokoine University Graduate Entrepreneurs Cooperative (SUGECO) because it is nearby his work. He was so inspired by the SUGECO activities that he decided to join and to be a member of SUGECO in 2016.

“SUGECO activities were so inspirational to me. By being a member, I was able to come up with profitable ideas in agriculture that has been helping me a lot in my life.”

In 2017 he decided to seek a portion of land from SUA and he started cultivating horticultural crops in the open field. He used to spend a lot of time in watering the crops using local irrigation systems which consume a high amount of water by using cans on a small piece of land. He spent too much time and too much money to employ others to support him in watering his crops.

This year through SUGECO Erick has received one acre drip irrigation system from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). He is now reducing the high water consumption, cut off labor cost and getting extra time to do other activities.

“Thank you SUGECO for supporting me a set of drip irrigation, now I have one acre maize farm that uses drip irrigation and I expect to harvest a lot this year”




A youth received 7-million tshilling from the government through greenhouse

Meet a young entrepreneur Ray Peter Mark from Dodoma-Tanzania who has received support from SUGECO. His big dream in agriculture to feed the world is now coming true.  His parents used to send him to farm early in the morning before going to school and during the weekends, which is where he developed his spirit and ambition to work in agriculture.  He has achieved a lot although it was not easy for him to start agribusiness. He started with by promoting agriculture by establishing demo farms in his secondary school and village.

‘‘Farming in an open field gave a low yield while requiring a tremendous amount of effort. Now that I am using the greenhouse, I am able to save 40,000 shillings per week after our household expenses’’.

At the beginning, Ray Mark was cultivating crops in the open field where the crops were more susceptible to diseases, pests, and birds. Water consumption for irrigation in open field was also significantly higher than it is in greenhouse. By using the greenhouse, he is able to make more profit under the same amount of time. In six months, the yield increased from one tonne in open field to seven tonnes in greenhouse with less labour force. He became a champion farmer in his village and Dodoma as a whole. He is now producing quality products due to a better pest management system in the greenhouse whilst using a lower production cost than open field.

‘‘I am also visiting my fellow farmers and advising them on the importance of using greenhouse in agriculture and other good agricultural practices method so that they can move from where they are to another step of achievement as part of my contribution to the community’’

Through greenhouse project he has been able to get in to different network around Tanzania. He is a trusted young man sent by the government officials to teach other youth around Dodoma area through workshops to value agriculture as a business and to grasp opportunities in other sector. He has been getting many visitors from different places to learn about horticulture. Moreover, he is now able to open small cement blocks industry, to have electricity service at his home, and to provide employment to other youth. He is now supplying vegetables and other crops like tomatoes, okras and eggplants to the supermarkets and hotels in Dodoma.  Through his achievements from this SUGECO-supported greenhouse, the Ministry of Youth has granted seven million shillings for him to establish another greenhouse.