Aidah's house is crumbling. The roof leaks and has completely caved in on one side.
She, her frail, aging husband, and their five-year-old grandson now sleep in the smokeless kitchen YOU built for them because their house is no longer safe.
At 68 years old, Aidah is aging and unwell herself but she is the strongest of her family. Her husband and their grandson rely on her to care for them. She has only a small plot of land that can't grow enough food to feed them all, let alone to sell at the market.
Can you imagine the relief she felt when her Granny Group voted to use some of the funds YOU gave them to build her a new home this year?
She and her family will be sleeping in a new, safe house this year because of YOU!
From Aidah and all of YOUR 7,004 grandmothers who sleep easier at night because of YOU,
p.s. I just want to give you a head's up! Global Giving will be offering us 50% matching on July 15th! I will send you more information as the date gets closer!
The incredible work YOU are doing for your grandmothers in Uganda is
Volonica is one of the 7,004 grandmothers YOU are supporting through this project. She is 67 years old and raising one grandchild on her own. Her grandchild came to live with her 14 years ago after the death of both his parents from HIV/AIDS.
Volonica had a wish to start farming to help support her family. Unfortunately, with no bank or prior credit, she didn’t have the ability to start up a business to help keep her family fed and healthy.
Her Granny Group gave her a loan and free training to help her get her busines going. Volonica was able to improving her farming techniques so she could grow enough food to feed her family with a surplus to sell.
Volonica thanks YOU by saying, “You have given me what I need to walk out of the poverty that had once enslaved me.”
Grandmother loans average at $20 USD. For such a small amount of money, a grandmother like Volonica can build a busines that will support her grandchildren's educations, provide food for her family, and have enough money to pay back her loan.
Thanks to YOU, grandmothers have improved their lives and the lives of the people in their communities.
The impact you are making will be felt for generations!
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
YOU are empowering YOUR grandmothers to feed their families!
Maria is 67 years old and raising five orphaned grandchildren. The eldest is 14 and the youngest is four years old.
She joined her Granny Group in 2007. Her Granny Group sent three of their members to Trainer of Trainers to learn skills to bring back to their group. Because of this, Maria and the other grandmother in her group were given valuable training in many different areas.
Maria told us that she learned how to improve her farming techniques from her fellow grandmothers. Maria also received a garden hoe to help her tend to her fields. Maria said through a translator, "My grandchildren look healthy because they have enough food."
Thousands of grandmothers like Maria are better able to care for their grandchildren and keep them healthy because of what YOU have given them.
TODAY! YOU have the chance to get matched 30% to give YOUR grandmothers the chance to change the world!
YOUR gift up to $1000 will be matched starting at 9:00am EDT until 11:59pm EDT (or until the matching funds are gone)
Make your gift to this project through our project page here: www.globalgiving.org/projects/nyakagrandmotherproject/
YOU are amazing! Every gift YOU make to help YOUR grandmothers is making a huge difference in their lives and helping their community!
Christina is a grandmother in one of YOUR 91 Granny Groups whose life YOU have changed. She had 12 children, but they all died. Most grandmothers in Uganda rely on their children to care for them in their old age. All alone, Christina had no way to build a new pit latrine when she needed one.
She was forced to use her neighbor’s or dig small ditches in her banana plantation. This wasn’t just inconvenient, it put Christine and all of her neighbors in danger of illness.
Many grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren get sick and some even die from preventable illnesses because they didn’t have access to a sanitary pit latrine. Only 45% of the people living in rural Uganda have access to basic sanitization according to the World Health Organization.
Unlike many people, Christina was fortunate that her Granny Group selected her to receive one. She told us this simple gift has changed her life. Now she has hope that she will survive.
Last year YOU built a pit latrine for Christine and 34 other grandmothers through YOUR compassion and love!
The incredible work YOU are doing for your grandmothers in Uganda has shown this year, helping many families and communities.
Mauda is one of the 7,005 grandmothers YOU are supporting through this project. She is 57 years old and raising two grandchildren on her own. Her grandchildren came to live with her seven years ago after their mother died of HIV/AIDS.
Mauda had a wish to start a goat-rearing project to help support her family. Unfortunately with no bank or prior credit, she didn’t have the ability to start up a business to help keep her family fed and healthy.
But Mauda's Granny Group knew her and believed in her. Her fellow grandmothers knew that her capability and skills as a businesswoman would help her succeed. They knew that she would work hard to pay them back.
Mauda was among the first grannies to receive a loan from the microfinance fund. For Grannies similar to her, a loan amount as small as $20 can flip their whole world upside down, in a good way. You might spend more than $20 on a family pizza night but that same $20 can help one of your grandmothers build a successful business.
For a very small amount of money, Mauda was able to expand her business. Now she can support her grandchildrens' educations, provide food for her family, and have enough money to pay back her loan.
Thanks to YOU, grandmothers like Mauda have improved their lives and the lives of the people in her community. The impact you are making will be felt for generations!
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