Microloans for S. Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda

 
$15,097
$2,960
Raised
Remaining
Apr 7, 2014

Clients are returning to Kampala from Juba

Anisa Atoo, returned client to Kampala from Juba
Anisa Atoo, returned client to Kampala from Juba

Thanks for your recent donation gift to Microloan for South Sudanese Refugee women project in Uganda.

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.

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.

We are thrilled to announce Hope Ofiriha is partnering with Deki UK micro finance, and the Troll tech Foundation (Kiva's partner) as their field partner in East Africa. Through this initiative Hope Ofiriha will be providing micro credit for entrepreneurial mothers to provide their families with basic necessities and pay school fees for their children.

With the loan from Troll tech we provided small loan to twenty clients to retail to make a huge profit to repay their loan on time while retaining big portion of the profit. These clients are doing in their tiny enterprise.

In March 37,898, 225 Ugandan Shillings (USD. 14,786.40) worth of new loans was funded via the Deki website. This is the biggest amount raised in one month to provide loan to 39 clients. In April ten clients will receive loans with funding from GlobalGiving, and 39 clients will receive loans with funding from Deki.

Some clients who returned when south Sudan got independence two years ago are returning to Kampala. They need a loan to start income generating activity in order to provide for their families and pay their children's school fees.

In the next quarter a new field update will be posted so that you get to know what the impact of your contribution is helping to create in the lives of the beneficiaries from the ground.

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Dec 5, 2013

A new Loan from Trolltech Foundation

Amitto pays university fees via her hair salon
Amitto pays university fees via her hair salon

Thanks for your recent donation gift to Microloan for South Sudanese Refugee women project in Uganda.

We are happy to announce that Hope Ofiriha has received a loan of $6600 from Trolltech Foundation (Kiva's partner). The loan will be split into microloans in order to help the actual refugee family to move from one sack of burnt charcoal to ten - or from having salt money to funding children's education. Twenty families will benefit from this loan, and each will get a loan of $330-. When the amount is repaid from the actual refugee family, Hope Ofiriha will transfer these funds back to Stiftelsen Trolltech Foundation not later than May 30 2014.

With your donation, repaid loans, and a new loan from Trolltech Foundation, Hope Ofiriha will give loan to 30 clients on December 16. Our clients are making good progress out of poverty.

Our clients are eager to see this project progressing, but they still need your help to keep this project running. A new field report will be posted after three months where you get to know what impact your contribution has created, and the improvement it has given in the lives of beneficiaries.

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Aug 27, 2013

Poverty is bad

With your help we are moving out poverty!
With your help we are moving out poverty!

With your help we are pushing poverty!

Thanks for your recent donation gift to Microloan for South Sudanese Refugee women project in Uganda. Our board of trustees appreciates your commitment to help the poor get out of poverty and those who will benefit most – of course the children!.

What next? We are recycling repaid loans and your donation to borrow five new clients, so they start tiny business for income generation to pay school fees and provide basic needs for their family, and to help themselves. Previous clients are making good progress out of poverty.

They are eager to see this project progress, and to keep going they need your help to sustain this good cause.

A new field report will be posted after three months where you get to know what impact your contributed has created, and the improvement it has given in the lives of beneficiaries.

Jun 18, 2013

Resisting poverty

Micro-loan gives us confidence and future promise!
Micro-loan gives us confidence and future promise!

Thanks for your recent generous donation to Microloan for South Sudanese Refugee women in Uganda project. Your committed to helping the needy to get out of poverty is tremendously appreciated by our trustees and those who will benefit most – the children!

Fifteen (15) borrowers repaid their loans they took in December 2012, and the remaining beneficiaries will pay the ultimate instalments by June end. This is a significant news from our beneficiaries in the outskirts of Kampala.

What next? Your donation and repaid loans will be recycled so is borrowed to 20 new beneficiaries. These women are in training in business skills for two weeks,  and after the loan will beddisbursed for them to  develop  their enterprises for generating income.

The beneficiaries are eager to see this project progressing, and they need your help so they can push their opponent - poverty!

A new field update will be posted again after three months to let you know the impact of your contributions, and what changes it has made in people's living conditions.

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Feb 26, 2013

GlobalGiving visits Hope Ofiriha

Women in Hope Ofiriha
Women in Hope Ofiriha's microloan group

“Now I am a human,” said Beatrice, when I asked her about her life now compared to before she received her first loan of Sh150,000 (about $55) from Hope Ofriha in 2008.  Beatrice is a refugee from South Sudan who escaped during the country’s civil war in 1997 – first to Kenya, then eventually settling in Kampala, Uganda.  At first she sold vegetables in the local market, making very little money.  She couldn’t afford to pay rent or to cover the school fees for her three children – two girls, and one little boy.

She soon heard about Hope Ofiriha, an organization that provides support for refugees from South Sudan.  In 2008 she received her first microloan from the organization.  With this loan she was able to take a sewing course, where she learned to make pillows and tablecloths with beautiful, intricate designs.  She was able to buy cloth and thread, and began her own business, selling these crafts in the market.  Since that time, she’s moved into a two-room house, she’s been able to send all three of her children to boarding school, and she’s even saved enough to buy a brand new sewing machine.

Beatrice has gained so much from the support she received from Hope Ofiriha that two years later she was elected the chairperson of the whole microlending organization.  She explained to us how the women organize into groups of ten women – each receiving a loan and paying back the amount they’ve received with 10% interest, which is then leant to another woman.  The loans vary in size, but generally are about $50-$90 each, depending on what type of business the individual woman wants to start or grow.

When the war ended about a year ago, many of the refugees returned to South Sudan, but over 100 of the women supported through Hope Ofriha stayed in Kampala.  They said they would like to stay if possible – the schools are better in Uganda, and they’d like to give their children a chance at a better future.  Hope Ofriha (and you as a donor!) has helped them begin to make that future a reality.

Beatrice showing off some of her products!
Beatrice showing off some of her products!

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Project Leader

William Logai Ochieng

Oslo, Oslo Norway

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Map of Microloans for S. Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda