Lira Resort Enterprises Limited
Year founded: 1985
Business description: Lira Resort’s core business is grain trading, focused in Northern Uganda.
Current areas of operation: Lango, Acholi and West Nile.
How CASA and Lira Resort Enterprises worked together
Project title: Strengthen SME capacity to access finance and investment to start/expand their businesses and investment in sesame processing that is aimed at increasing efficiency and engagement of smallholders
CASA supported Lira Resort Enterprises Limited on investment readiness to attract investment finance from commercial banks and impact investors to finance the installation of modern grain cleaning and processing equipment and the additional working capital required to expand operations
CASA also supported the company to implement the village agent model through which the company was able to identify, recruit and train village agents, as well as training farmers on good agronomic practices and post-harvest handling, thus improving the quality and quantity of sesame produced by smallholder farmers in its network
CASA work complete: December 2021
Total cost of technical assistance package: £249,702 (£52,181 provided by CASA)
150 village agents
4,575 smallholder farmers
trained (2,427 women)
received vegetable seeds as part of COVID-19 relief efforts
Number of smallholder farmers in supply chain: 12,000
Production volumes: 44,000MT of sesame aggregated from smallholder farmers during the course of the project