High Commodity Prices Take a Toll on Residents of Buteyongera Village

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Susan Gimeyi arrived in Buteyongera Village in Mukono District from Bugerere 26-years ago with the hope of starting a new life for his family.

At a glance, Gimeyi comes across as an ordinary peasant but a deeper look into his eyes reveals a man with a deep sense of hopelessness. his hopes have slowly dwindled because of the high cost of living.

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Gimeyi owns no land; neither does he have a house of his own. He leaves in a small mad house given to him by the owner of the land.

Inside his house is a small wooden bed a mat and a torn blanket.

All he can afford at lunch time is a cup of hot water with some herbs. 68-year-old Gimeyi will go for days without a tangible meal. He depends on assistance from well-wishers and the little money he raises from the sale of a few coffee beans.

From four kilograms of coffee for instance, he is paid only 1,000 shillings.

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Although he has lived in hardship for many years now, Gimeyi says the situation has been worsened by the soaring food prices.

In Buteyengora village, the price of a kilogram of posho has gone up from 800 shillings to 1,400 shillings. A kilo of ground nuts has also shot up from 1,500 shillings to 2,400 so has the price of soap with a piece going for 500 shillings.

Buteyongera village is located in Kasawo sub-county, Nakifuma County in Mukono district

Sarah who owns a small retail shop within Buteyongera says the residents have stopped buying commodities like sugar because of the skyrocketing prices. They instead opt for the small sachets of sugar which cost 100 shillings: one speck from a sachet is enough for one cup of tea.

But the effects of the prices are only a tip on the iceberg of the already existing high poverty levels.

In-fact Franko Giduno, the Local Council Chairman is just recovering from celebral malaria; he was unable to get treatment in time to stop the infection from spreading because he did not have money.

On top of not being able to afford a daily meal for herself, 60 year old Norah Misaki a migrant from Mbale, will have to wait for months before having an operation on her hernia.

Misaki has lost a lot of weight perhaps as a result of her ailment but she cannot afford to pay for her operation.

She stays in squalid conditions, a mud house with holes in the wall and her pig