Several thousands of citizens of Magwi County thronged various parts of the County to commemorate four years since it seceded from Sudan.
At Magwi Freedom Square, various speakers made strong calls for peace and reconciliation among residents in the new nation.
Magwi, the most tranquil region, is one of the Counties blessed with peace since the outbreak of conflict in the country in mid-December 2013.
Thanks for your continued generous donation to Clay Stove project.
Hope Ofiriha will continue to grant microloan to this thriving commercial activity to entrepreneurs in Namboole, an outskirt of Kampala city.
The training we offer aims to improve their skills in production, marketing, uncomplicated arithmetic, and record keeping. These added values make them victorious in their operation. The incomes they generate help to provide basic needs in their households and pay fees to keep children at school. Also, to pay medical costs whenever a family member falls sick.
We will add together money from GlobalGiving donors, and cash from another source to give the loan to a group of 20 women. These loans are repayable within three months due to inflation that has hit South Sudanese and Ugandan currencies. The clients in Magwi County are badly affected, than those in Uganda. Five new women will be trained locally in Namboole by a group leader.
While Ugandan currency had lost value in the world money market due to the current recession, the costs of living are still affordable.
Hope Ofiriha sends a new field up after a quarter to let you know how your contribution is impacting the lives of these women and their children.
Thanks for your continued generous gift for Clay Stove Project.In 2015; with a loan capital from Deki, Hope Ofiriha granted loans to ten new entrepreneurs in Namboole. Thanks to training, women in Namboole acquire the skills, support and financial resources they need to establish sustainable small businesses. They invest their income in meeting their basic needs and those of their families, including their children's education. They make and sell clay stove a very favorite cooking device in East Africa. The loans are repayable after a year by installments. A group has 20 members where to secure each other's repayment in case of defaulting.
Hope Ofiriha had been supporting women who fled from African newest state to settle in Namboole in the outskirt of Kampala when social unrest broke out in South Sudan in December 2013. Hope Ofiriha will pay fees for a woman to attend skills training to make clay stove.
Owinyikibul villagers clashed with new recruits in earlier March. The government and the opposition have failed to reach a peace deal despite the pressure from IGAD, UN, and the World. There are new fierce clashes in Jonglei and Upper Nile States. Humanitarian situation is worsening. There are 1.5 million people displaced from their villages of which some are living in exile as refugees.
In Owinyikibul of Magwi County, new soldiers recruit clashed with local villagers earlier March. The drunken soldier had refused to pay for the services where he was stabbed in a bar fighting. He then organized his fellow recruits burning more than 100 houses and market stalls in retaliation. One recruit in the clashes. A chief has blamed the trainers for failing to keep discipline.
Hope Ofiriha wishes you a Merry Christmas, and a prosperous new year!
There is no political agreement reach between the government and SPLA in opposition despite the IGAD sponsored peace talks in Adisababa since the alleged coup. South Sudan is getting worse every day, and hope for peace is weak as the clashes continue to take place in Jonglei state between the regime and rebel forces. Thanks for your recent generous gift to Stop Cook stoves from Killing in South Sudan.
With loan capital from our partner, Hope Ofiriha granted loans to clients who are in business of making and selling clay stove to make a living. These customers are living in Namboole in outskirt of Kampala. The clay oven is a booming because the cooking device is popular in East Africa with demand remaining constant. With Deki fund, Hope Ofiriha collects repayments every month from each client. The loan capital is a liability that means at the end of partnership period Deki will reclaim their fund back.
As reported in the last quarter, five women returnees been trained in clay stove production skills for the duration of three months. The trainees have applied for a loan to start clay stove as income generation activity to provide for their families with basic needs and pay fees to keep their children in school. The repayments collected from your previous contributions and new donations - sum up be cycled as a loan to the new clients.
This form of loan although are always recollected by the group to give to new borrowers, the aim is to reach many women along the way who are head households. The group do not need to repay the loan capital collected from GlobalGiving donors, but Hope Ofiriha ensures the loan recycles within the group to benefit many clients.
In the next quarter, a new field progress report be posted, so you get to know what impact your contribution is making in the lives of people in the project on the ground.
Thanks for your recent generous gift to Stop Cook stoves from Killing in South Sudan.
Only months ago an alleged coup in South Sudan has left hundreds dead, and many in the region concerned for what the coming months may bring for the world's youngest country.
More than one million people have been forced from their homes by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, the UN says. Of these, 803,200 have been displaced within the country, and another 254,000 have fled to neighboring countries, according to the latest UN report. It warns that the situation is likely to get worse as the violence continues.
The project aim is to improve the village cooking methods, improve health, and protect the environment by training women in clay stove production skills. Trainees returned to share their learned skills in clay stove production with other women in Magwi County to enhance food cooking and improve health.
These women are returning to Uganda because of uncertainty in South Sudan, now turned entrepreneurs to make clay stove to sell to make a living and pay their children's school fees. They are lead by Knight Itwari a trainer, who has turned entrepreneur from her base in Namboole in the outskirt Kampala.
The clay stove is a potential income generation because its demand is constant and has a wider market in South Sudan and Uganda. These women have applied for microcredit run by Hope Ofiriha financed by our microfinance partner, Deki.
Before they get into the venture, they need sufficient knowledge of the work involved in order to make a good business. Hope Ofiriha trains them to learn about the technical aspects and procedures to ensure success. We will also continue searching for two women from Magwi to train in Uganda to have a skill to make clay stove as we did before.
In the next quarter a new field progress report will be posted so you get to know what impact your contribution is making changes in the field.
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