This week’s Hands On travels to Madagascar and Uganda to find out how local people are adapting to the changing environment and market forces. On Lake Victoria in Uganda the Water Hyacinth is a troublesome weed, but in the hands of the prisoners in Kampala it is woven into useful products. The prisoners earn 2% of the profits from the sale of their goods while learning a skill that will be of use to them once they return to their villages. This program highlights several success stories, from how European Development Fund loans are making a difference to small businesses in Kampala, to the seaweed farms in Madagascar that have offered local people an alternative sustainable profitable resource.
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