Microloans for S. Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda

May 9, 2011

Recurring Monthly Donation Campaign & Field Report

Flowrence Achan - project beneficiary
Flowrence Achan - project beneficiary

$10 – each month is a lot of money in Kampala, and In charity there are no big or small amounts. Each cent counts!

We have adopted footage from Micro credit in rural Lyantonde as Hope Ofiriha video – OUR ROAD MAP OUT OF POVERTY – what is in this video reflects our loan program in Kampala. Please take a couple minutes to check out the video on You Tube which can be accessed here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JrYIj_iQkQ

On May 3 2011 Hope Ofiriha granted loans to 10 new women to start their small scale businesses. These women were trained for three months in business skills. We hope after three months these women will be able to generate incomes, save profits, cater for their; foods, school fees for children, house rent, and healthcare. This is fantastic! Before we started this program they were living in extreme poverty.

But we are still facing the challenges of raising enough money to help more women. We are looking for 10 people to sign up for recurring monthly donation. We ask you to sign for $10 – only. Having $10 from 10 different people each month is better than 10 people donating $1200 in December as a Christmas gift – at one time.

$10 – each month is a lot of money in Kampala and it can do a lot. In charity there are no big or small amounts. Each cent counts!

Thanks to our donors! Thanks to GlobalGiving!  Without your help – Hope Ofiriha is not in the position to deliver it Mission.

In next 3 months we will post the new project updates, and also to tell how your contributions are impacting on the lives of these Sudanese women in Kampala. Hope Ofiriha appreciates partnering with you and we will continue to team up until the goal of this project is achieved.

GlobalGiving is giving away $12,000 in bonus awards during this campaign!

 Here are the main reasons why you should consider signing up for monthly recurring donations to help Hope Ofiriha;

  • The top 20 projects that receive the most new unique recurring donors will each be awarded a $500 bonus.
  • One project that raises the highest donation amount per month from recurring donations will be awarded $1,000.
  • One project that attracts the most new unique recurring donors will be awarded an additional $1,000 (for a total of $1,500!).
  • Projects must have at least 10 new unique recurring donors to be eligible for bonus awards

The final results of this campaign will be adjudicated in August 2011. Bonuses will be awarded based on the amount raised and the number of unique recurring donors at this time. In some cases, projects may forfeit bonus awards if donors cancel their recurring donations before the awards are given.


Feb 16, 2011

Microloan Is Only Ticket Out of Poverty

Microloans for S. Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda
Microloans for S. Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda

"A ticket out of poverty is to give women small loans to run their businesses".

On 08- Feb - 2011 president Omer al-Bashir, issued a republican decree accepting the final results of referendum, which supports the separation of the South into an independent state. North and South Sudan are presently engaged in talks to resolve the sensitive issues, which includes sharing of oil revenues, demarcation of boarders, and the contested oil-rich Abyei region. 

Sudan will not be the same again, and Hope Ofiriha looks forward for  a new Republic of south Sudan.

Thanks to our donors’ generosity around the world, our microloan raised $3,547 enabling the project to grant loans to more women in Uganda. These loans enable them start their businesses, and is a ticket out of poverty. Our women’s group members are hard working and achieving great progress with just small investment.

Our microloan manager, Beatrice Adul, reports that only key solution to women’s empowerment and self-sufficiency is the savings and credit awareness and business training that members receive through our monthly meeting held at Kibuli-Zone Uganda. We have learned from our past mistakes – but now thing are different in our organization. Thanks to our donors, the refugee women living in Kampala from Magwi County South Sudan now have access to the microloans to start their income generation business from selling; tea on street corner, dry fish, yellow banana, charcoal, and local breweries. They have also learned how to save and to keep accurate records to ensure their personal financial and business success and that of their fellow Members.

In 2010 with your support, our Group made tremendous strides in their ability to save funds and helped motivate weaker members in the Group.The total interest savings fund in Uganda is shilling 1, 500, 000, - which was contributed by each member on loans borrowed. The interest generated are added to Group’s capital so more women can borrow to start similar initiatives.

These loans have a re- cycling affect which means when a member borrows say $100. She is given three months to repay the loan in three installments each month $34, -only. A members who pays in time will be entitled to borrow $150, $200 and so up to $250,-. Also interest is charge on the loan. Before the interest was not charge but in the last meeting members agreed the interest is to be charged. This will help to pay for stationeries, and internet service fees needed.

There are more women who want to take loans but there are no funds. Microloans are the only ticket for them to get out of poverty. These women do not qualify for bank loans,and their hopes are on our donors.

In the months a head we will have lots of report on the impact of funds this winter and this will be clearly demonstrated.

We look forward to update you on our work and to demonstrate how your contributions are making changes in the lives of poorest of the poor in Uganda. 

Thanks for joining hands with Hope Ofiriha!


Nov 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Holiday Season

we need help to do income generating business
we need help to do income generating business

Sudanese refugee women are making success in Economic Recession Times with your help.

The economic recession have hit Uganda badly this year, But Hope Ofiriha has remained strong in its commitment to help the Refugee women in the outskirts of Kampala city. Our beneficiaries in Uganda have experienced serious price rising, combined with economic crisis that has hit Uganda like so many countries in Africa.  As a result, the prices of basic commodities have increased considerably.  A kilo of Sugar that used to cost only $1 (2,000 Ush) now costs about $2 (4,000), making it almost impossible for these poor women to feed their families. Hope Ofiriha has witnessed many children being sent home from schools because their parents cannot keep with the pace of school – fees rising up.

To cope with this economic recession, Hope Ofiriha has granted loans to 10 refugee women from Kakira slum. Each woman will get a loan of $50. These women will start their small business, and after three months they will be able to support their families, and send children back to schools. They will also start to repay their loan in several installments which has no interest. Previous women who are taken loans are doing well in their respective businesses. They have also repaid their loans.

We thank our Globalgiving donors for their ongoing support and Hope Ofiriha looks forward in working with you in 2011- and years to come.

The staff of Hope ofiriha and volunteers wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday season, to your family, friends, and colleagues at dinner table!



Sep 24, 2010

Second field progress report

Beatrice addresses micro credit annual meeting
Beatrice addresses micro credit annual meeting

Thanks to kind support from GlobalGiving donors, Hope Ofiriha is pleased to announce that it has granted loan to ten (10) new additional women to start their income generating business. With their ability to generate income and save profits these women can better protect themselves and their children in areas of poverty, education, and heath. In the six months to come these women will invest in the education of their children by paying school fees through profits earn from their businesses.

During the month of August 2010 Sudanese women in Kampala held their annual meeting to elect new office-bearer and pass new resolutions. The meeting took place at Kibuli – zone in the outskirt of Kampala. They have 4 office bearers, with Miss Beatrice Adul their chairperson.

Mrs. Laura Iteng a widow began selling charcoal business through GlobalGiving donations. She has practically improved her living condition since leaving local beer breweries. She states – “these days I am very happy, I am very motivated to work to care of myself with the loan I got. I save sum of my profits and pay my monthly installments. I have my saving bank account I deposit a week $20, and this also have given me value to participate in the local social affairs of my community among the Sudanese women in Kibulu-zone.

Quote from Mrs. Laura iteng (widow): I have been in extreme poverty since I became a refugee 21 years ago. I have no house to put my head in, no food, and medical care. But with $150 loan (biggest amount I ever get at one time) my life transformed. I will not be a poor woman again and I will make sure my business never fails. Without this business I have no life.

Once again we are very grateful to our donors for the support they shown to forgotten Sudanese refugee women in Kampala. You will be hearing from us in next three months with latest update.

Thanks for partnering!

Sep 24, 2010

First progress report - Matching Day!

Akot Sata, beneficiary doing catering business
Akot Sata, beneficiary doing catering business

Linda Acen has granted a free interest bearing loans to support 10 women living in slums on the outskirts of Kampala city so that they start their businesses for income generation. These women are taken out of 1000 beneficiaries.

HopeOfiriha will be providing awareness and skill training in five subjects: business operation, book keeping, gender development, customer relationship, and awareness training. We still have 990 women on waiting list who are desperately in need of help to start a small enterprise. Poverty has torn women apart and they need our help to gain their state of being.

Sudanese women are facing extreme poverty which means that poverty in their community is over 100% since several women don’t even have $1 to spend a day. There are other serious problems which they are facing as well: lack of foods, and house rent. Most families are being forced to leave because they cannot afford to pay monthly house rent on outskirt of Kampala city. These women are not working and are not being supported in anyway.

A discussion of these issues would only lead to “no conclusion”, but no one doubts that these problems supplement each other on a daily basis.

It is because of these issues that we see free interest bearing loans an important factor in their lives. Anything we can do to give poor Sudanese refugee women a better opportunity in life, we will do, because giving a business is opening their lives that could help them rise above the difficult conditions which they were born.

On June 16 2010 between 12:00 am and 11:59 EST (GMT-4), GlobalGiving will be matching at 50% all online donations up to $ 1,000 per donor per project! In addition to the 50% match, GlobalGiving will be offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1000 bonus to the project that receives donations from most individual donors!

To help Sudanese women in Uganda we encourage you to make a cash donation to take the opportunity of the matching fund.

Thanks for your support,


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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