The winners of a business plan competition for the Lake Victoria fishing communities will be awarded on Friday 15th, April, 2011 at a ceremony to be held at the Swedish Trade Council offices in Nairobi.

The competition sought to encourage marginalized fishing communities in the Lake Victoria region - in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to come up with viable alternative income generating initiatives.

Four groups from Kenya and Uganda were each awarded with cheques worth Kshs. 10,000 by Mr. Henrik Danielsson, Sweden’s Trade Commissioner for East, Central, and West Africa regions, who were Chief Guest.

The groups were:

Kiwamase General Hardware Store dealers from Mfangano Island, who will use the money to start a small hardware shop in the island in addition to selling iron sheets, nails and small hardware items. Five Fresh Poultry Farm in Osiri, Kenya, said they will use the construct poultry house in addition to buying local poultry.

The third was group was Sio Port Brick Making and Selling Group, will use their money to expand their business while Kalangala Pig Rearing Group from Uganda - already keeping pigs, will be use the money to expand their business by acquiring a sausage making machine.

The activity is part of the Lake Victoria Livelihood Project that is being implemented by Ufadhili Trust and supported by Diakonia; a Swedish democracy and rights NGO based on Christian values, and Swedish Trade Council which is owned by the Swedish government and the Swedish Enterprise Sector. The project is being implemented in five sites around the Lake; Mfangano Island, Osiri and Sio Port in Kenya, Ukerewe Island in Tanzania and Ssese Island in Uganda.