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United Nations Refugee Agency's Refugee-Led Innovation Fund Winner

To reach Zero Hunger in Bidibidi, Otto needs:



Empower Otto to reach zero hunger in Bidibidi.



Otto James Darious is a South Sudanese refugee looking to fight hunger and malnutrition by opening his own food business, the "Zero Hunger Healthy Society".

This is Otto's story:

"I am a South Sudanese who fled to Uganda in July 2016 due to the conflict in our country. I entered the Ugandan border with some of my few family members and we were hosted by the Ugandan government and the UNHCR refugee agency. They brought us to the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, the second biggest settlement in the world. On 10th August 2016 we were allocated a plot to settle and received a lot of counselling sessions to heal our trauma. Since then our children have started school and some family members have joined us in the settlement. As a youth who has been doing business back in South Sudan, I have no starting capital to open up my business and am currently surviving on the monthly food rations provided by the Word Food Programme. Our allocated piece of land is too small to cultivate enough for the family members. We are 15 members in our household and I am the family head. All we can cultivate are some vegetables. After receiving advice from some friends and attending the entrepreneurship workshop organized by Afri-Youth Network and Bridging Gaps, I want to take the next step. I like self-employment and want to make sure that the youth have enough food to eat and can receive education for a brighter future."

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