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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.
We sincerely do appreciate your commitment to help women and girls suffering from toxic oxygen and open fire burn. This initiative has been a great asset for beneficiaries in Omilling. They use wood clay stove for cooking instead of traditional three stones open fire stove which is dangerous. This has improved their health, and protect many to contract lung disease. For two years now, no beneficiary reported to a clinic for fire burn. Most families are opting to cook with wood clay stove because is save, energy efficient, and environment friendly.
Two trainees have been identified to be trained in the skill for making wood clay stove. They will be trained in Uganda in January 2014. Ms.Itwari is a clay stove trainer, and a client in the microloan program in Kampala.
The beneficiaries are eager to see this cause moving forward, but they need your help, so many are trained in the skill of making the clay stove to improve their health, and environment.
A new field update will be posted in the next three months, so you get to know what impact your contribution has help to create in Omilling countryside.
Women are being encouraged to use clay stoves for cooking!
Thanks for your recent generous gift to Stop Cook stoves from Killing in South Sudan project. Your commitment to save women from toxic oxygen and fire burn is genuinely appreciated by our trustees and those who will benefit most.
This initiative is encouraging women, and girls to use clay stove for cooking to improve their health, and reduces the danger to contract lung disease. The local clinic reported no mother or a girl requesting treatment for fire burn during cooking as most are using clay stoves. Two new trainees have been identified to go for training in Uganda.
Agnes Idiongno has completed her skills training on July 22, and returned to Omilling to share the skills with fellow girls. She promised to train 20 girls to spread the knowledge in the community. I will also produce the clay stove for income generation Agnes said.
The beneficiaries are intensely eager to see this project progressing, and need your help, so many are trained in the skill.
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