LifeStitches-sewing skills combat AIDS stigma



Life Stitches enables HIV/AIDS mothers in Northern Uganda with sewing skills to earn income and through economic empowerment combat the AIDS related stigma they face in their daily lives.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Prevention Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) medical programs in Arua Uganda are helping HIV/AIDS mothers prevent spread of AIDS to their newborns. However, just living with HIV/AIDS has tremendous social/economic stigma. Mothers and infants risk domestic violence and rejection by their families or communities. This project enables firty PMTCT mothers to acquire marketable sewing skills and personal income. It provides a better quality of life and options to overcome AIDS Stigma.

How will this project solve this problem?

Life Stitches provides economic empowerment by teaching marketable sewing skills and providing a market for sewing products. This empowerment helps HIV/AIDS women earn income and combat AIDS related stigma encounted on a daily basis.

Potential Long Term Impact

Use this project as a prototype to replicate across Uganda to other PMTCT Peer Support Groups of HIV/AIDS women. Economic empowerment inherent in this model will help overcome AIDS stigma and and barriers to enrollment in AIDS prevention programs.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,975

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,975 .  The original project funding goal was $5,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Katherine Gnauck MD

Albuquerque, New Mexico United States

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