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Uganda: Turning hibiscus flowers into wine

Though Hibiscus sabdariffa, also known as Roselle, grows in the wild, it is domesticated in some parts of Northern Uganda as a traditional vegetable. Many farmers are growing it on medium to large scale.

Besides being part of the diet, the plant has a number of medicinal properties and the products made from it have certain health benefits.

But a youth/women's group in Arua District, Ayivu Women Poverty Alleviation Association, is making other products from Roselle such as wine.

Started in 2002, the association has 35 mainly female members. Many of them own other businesses such as saloons, poultry farms, retail shops but the wine and juice business is done jointly.

The proceeds are added up and shared at the end of the year.

In 2014, they joined an entrepreneurship initiative supported by International Labour Organisation (ILO) and European Union (EU) to train youth from various districts in business innovation.


Publication date: 1/10/2017



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