Koto is providing for her family because of YOU!
A few years ago Koto's world was changed forever. Her son and her daughter-in-law both passed away leaving her two grandchildren behind. Koto and her husband took in their grandchildren and cared for them. They did everything they could to provide for them but Koto's heart ached to provide one more thing for her grandchildren...
She dreamed of sending them to school.
Then Koto learned about the Grandmother Program. She joined a Granny Group and learned that she had everything she needed already to help her family. She improved her basket making skills and used micro-finance loans to build her business. Her Granny Group even taught her how to keep a budget.
Today Koto runs a booming business. She makes about 12 baskets every month and sells them each for 5,000 Ugandan Shillings ($1.92 USD). That means that every month she brings in 60,000 Ugandan Shillings ($23.03 USD) to help her family.
Because of YOU, she is able to send her two grandchildren to school and pay for their school supplies!
Knowledge is contagious! Because YOU trained her, Koto is now able to share her knowledge and experience. She plans to offer training in making of baskets and building a business for her fellow grandmothers to help them support their families as well.
The impact that YOU are making today will help Koto, the grandmothers she helps, and generations of children they will raise to escape poverty.
YOU may never see the true impact of YOUR gift but we hope that YOU feel Koto's love and gratitude for YOU today.
Join us for the last Bonus Day of the year!
Wednesday, October 15th
9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!)
7,005 grandmothers are grateful for you every day. They think of you every time they feed their grandchildren nutritious food from their garden, learn a new skill from their Granny Group, build a business with a microfinance loan, or lie in the safety of a warm, sturdy home.
Today we would like to share one testimony from a grandmother YOU have helped.
I Am Safinah 75 years, a widow of Kigina village, Bwanga parish, Nyarushanje sub county, Rukungiri District. I am living in a very small piece of land with no other source of income. I was blessed with 12 children but unfortunately, 7 have since died after a long period of illness. I am taking care of 2 grandchildren by names of Aisah 15 years, shamirah 8 years. I was born in Bunono village and later got married to Kigina. I only earns a living by doing handcraft especially mats. Through Nyaka grannies project I was able to receive 2 agricultural hoes that has enabled me to increase food production in my family.
Safinah would not have the tools she needs to keep her family fed without YOUR help. YOU have saved her through YOUR gift of agricultural hoes.
This year alone, YOU have given 1,900 agricultural hoes to grandmothers in need.
YOU are amazing!
YOU can help us reach MORE grandmothers!
September 3rd--September 10th GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations! If you have been waiting for a good time to start giving monthly, this is it!
YOU are empowering grandmothers to change their lives!
Every day there are grandmothers in Southwest Uganda suffering from the loss of their son or daughter to HIV/AIDS. These grandmothers had worked very hard to give their children what they needed. In Uganda, parents do not invest money to pay for their retirement, they invest in their children. They work hard to give them the best education and opportunities they can to ensure that they are successful. The sign of success in Uganda is to be able to build your parents a new home.
At a time in their lives when they should be able to finally rest and rely on their children to care for them, these strong women find themselves raising their grandchildren. Most grandmothers have about 7 grandchildren in their home. Some are raising as many as 12. Many grandmothers have taken in orphans who are not their grandchildren out of compassion.
Before Nyaka, they were forced to struggle alone. They had to return to the fields to work with aging bodies under the hot sun to keep their grandchildren fed. They lived in homes that were falling apart, cooked in unsafe kitchens, and relied on unsanitary pit latrines. Even after all of their work and sacrifice, many grandmothers cannot afford to send their grandchildren to school.
But YOU are investing in YOUR grandmothers.
YOU are creating opportunities where there was once only despair. YOU are breathing life back into the community.
Just one of the ways YOU are investing in your Nyaka Grandmothers is through the Trainer of Trainers program.
Nyaka believes that empowerment and education are two of the most vital resources to ending poverty so we structured the Grandmother Project to focus on building up YOUR grandmothers through vital training and support.
Every Nyaka Grandmother is part of a group of women they call a Granny Group. Within their Granny Group, they elect leaders from within their group. Those Grandmothers are sent to the Trainer of Trainers workshops to learn vital skills like budgeting, business management, and agriculture. Those women are also given training to increase their leadership skills so they can return to their groups and spread their knowledge throughout their community.
Since The Trainer of Trainers Program began, dozens of grandmothers from YOUR 91 Granny Groups have become leaders.
YOUR support goes directly to creating real, lasting change in Southwest Uganda.
You may never meet Joyce but, trust us, she feels YOUR love.
Joyce and her grandchild were living in a home that had completely collapsed on one side.
They had no safe shelter and nowhere to go.
Imagine holding your grandchild, knowing that you couldn't keep them safe and warm.
Then Joyce joined one of YOUR Granny Groups and her fellow grandmothers voted to build her a new home!
Because of YOU, Joyce is no longer homeless.
She and her grandchild are living in a new home complete with a new kitchen and pit latrine.
YOUR support and compassion have saved her and her grandchild!
Joyce isn't the only grandmother who needs your help! There are thousands more grandmothers who need YOUR love and support!
Please join us TODAY for a special Bonus Day so YOUR granny groups can continue provide critical needs for other grandmothers!
Global Giving will match your gift 50%!
It starts at 9:00am (EDT) and will last until 11:59pm (EDT) tonight!
Please give early! Funds will go fast!
There will be a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place.
AND a $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.
Matching only applies between $10 and $1,000
This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your Grandmothers go further!
Karen feels so blessed because of YOU!
At the age of 60, Karen should be able to rest and rely on her children to care for her.
Instead, she is raising three of her orphaned grandchildren. She was in desperate need of help.
Then she discovered the Grandmother Project!
In her Granny Group, she found the support she needed to build a better life for her family.
She was given gardening tools, a micro-finance loan to start a business, and entrepreneurial training to help her run her business successfully.
Now she is making money to support her family, strengthening the local economy, and being a positive role model for her grandchildren and other women in her community.
Please don’t take it lightly when we say
YOU Change Lives.
Tomorrow, please help us give more grandmothers like Karen the help they desperately need.
Join us for a special Bonus Day!
July 16th, 2014
9:00am (EDT) to 11:59pm (EDT)--Please give early! Funds will go fast!
This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your children go further!
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