All of your 7,005 grandmothers in Uganda are sending you love and gratitude for the New Year!
YOUR support this year has helped them to build businesses, sheltered them from the elements, helped them find emotional support, and given them new hope that they will overcome poverty.
YOUR grandmothers were poor and elderly. They didn't have any way to make an income and were barely surviving on their own. They relied on their children to care for them in their old age. But after their children died of HIV/AIDS, these women did not hesitate to take in their grandchildren. Even though many of them have gone without food or comfort, they have worked until their hands were numb to give their grandchildren the very best they could.
YOU saw their courage and strength. YOU believed in YOUR grandmothers. Every dollar YOU have given to this project has been used to help these women rebuild their lives and provide for their granchildren.
Because of YOU, the world can see what a grandmother can do.
We wish you VERY Happy Holidays and A Wonderful New Year!
During this Holiday Season we want to celebrate the tremendous work you are doing for your grandmothers in Uganda.
Twine 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 four years ago after their mother died of HIV/AIDS.
Twine had a business growing maize but she wasn't making enough money to keep her family fed and healthy. There was no bank she could go to and she had no credit history.
But Twine's Granny Group knew her. Her fellow grandmothers knew she was trustworthy, they believed in her skills as a business woman, and they knew that she would work hard to pay them back.
They voted to give Twine three micro-finance loans for her business. They ranged from 50,000 to 60,000 Ugandan Shillings. (That's only $18--$22 US dollars!)
For less than $60 US Dollars, Twine was able to expand her business. Now she can support her grandchildren's education costs, keep her family fed, and still has enough money to pay back her loan.
Just $60 made all of this possible!
Every Grandmother YOU help improves her life and the lives of the people in her community. The impact you are making will be felt for generations!
Thank YOU for making a difference!
Every house YOU build saves lives. Hundreds of grandmothers and their grandchildren are safe and warm in new homes because of YOU. This is one of the most important things YOU do for YOUR Nyaka grandmothers.
When a grandmother knows that her grandchildren will be safe and warm at night, she is able to focus on building a better future for her family. Instead of paying for repairs on a crumbling house, she can put her money into a business or pay for her grandchildren's school fees.
We've told you so many stories about the amazing impact that YOU have made for YOUR Nyaka grandmothers but today we want to show you. We made a special video all about the difference YOU are making for grandmothers through the housing program.
Click here to watch the video!
Enjoy and Happy Holidays from YOUR Nyaka Family!
All Furida could do was watch as her home collapsed in a heap of mud and sticks on the ground. Imagine losing everything you have in the blink of an eye.
Furida is no stranger to loss. 13 of her 15 children died of HIV/AIDS. She cared for and loved a grandson for 8 years before he too died of HIV/AIDS.
Alone and impoverished, Furida knew that grandmothers in her position typically do not have happy lives to look forward to.
Fortunately for Furida, she had YOU.
Because of YOUR support, Furida was able to be part of a Granny Group. And, knowing that her home was dangerous, her fellow members had chosen Furida to be among the grandmothers to receive a new home.
So, on the day her worst fear was realized, her greatest dream came true. The builders arrived that very same day to build her new home and kitchen.
YOU rescued her a day from homelessness.
Nyaka has many stories like Furida's. Stories of the amazing things YOU are doing to change lives. But, for every happy story, there are many more grandmothers who we couldn't reach.
YOUR continued support and love means more happy stories.
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!)
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