Mar 24, 2021

COVID_19 response in rural Uganda

Dear Donors 

 

We thank the almighty God for keeping us safe,

2021 is kind a fair start for us and since our last report , We observed that majority who where hit hard by COVID_19 and still ran their small scale bussiness lacked financial skills on how to save, borrow and invest and so we have been able to Amanya Amon a financial consultant working with equity bank in Mbarara branch to train and make awareness and ability for our beneficiaries to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing.

We gathered a total of 10 i.e. Two transgender women, 1 lesbian, 4 gay men, 2 transmen and 1 bisexual man at palm world hotel for a one full day interaction meeting about “know your finances” our coordinator in Rukungiri selected participants who are running small scale business and doing badly financially.

During the meeting, participants followed and observed the Ministry of health guide lines inline to prevent COVID_19 from spreading. At the end of the meeting, participants had known their weakness in saving and promised to work upon them, Among the weakness we documented is that when they sell their cake products, they end up using their profits for other things making it hard to refund the used money,

Our financial consultant advised participants to always invest their profits in buying quick to sell things, he further gave am example of buying a young a goat and selling it highly at a later stage. He cautioned how difficult it is for low income earners to save and manage their profits if not investing it wisely. MRF monitoring team will be visiting their business to track if there is any progress.    

We thank you for your support 

Janet Mutesi 

Jan 25, 2021

Empowering rural LGBTQ with cake baking skills

Dear donors

We are sending in our report late due to one week interent shutdown in uganda that happened during the elections, we appologies. 

Cake baking empowerment program

The cake baking project made substantial progress towards the achievement of the strategic development objective as evidenced by the results so far, As of May 2020 a total of 50 participates were selected from 10 in Kabale, 05 in  Mbarara, 10 in Rukungiri, 10 in Ntugamo, 05 in Bushenyi, and 10 in Ibanda districts at generation suits in Mbarara district and were educated on promoting financial literacy, capability and cake baking skills, managing credit, saving tips, how to make a business plan, step to step guide to creating your own budget and sticking to it as shared in our midterm report in May 2020. So far beneficiaries have taken key steps in saving and growing their small-scale business.  

The 2020 Cake baking empowerment project has in total empowered and equipped 80 LGBTQ with financial literacy and cake baking skills and in 2017 and 2018 it equipped skills to the rural LGBTQ communities with over 149 LGBTQ people being empowered. Sa far we have trained 229 rural LGBTQ people.

 

We partnered with Amanya Amon a financial consultant working with equity bank in Mbarara branch to train and make awareness and ability for our beneficiaries to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing. On the 06th July 2020, we travelled to Rukungiri district and gathered a total of 10 i.e. Two transgender women, 1 lesbian, 4 gay men, 2 transmen and 1 bisexual man at palm world hotel for a one full day interaction meeting about “know your finances” our coordinator in Rukungiri selected participants who are running small scale business and doing badly financially. During the meeting, participants followed and observed the Ministry of health guide lines inline to prevent COVID_19 from spreading and at the end of the meeting, participants had known their weakness in saving and promised to work upon them, MRF monitoring team will be visiting their business to track if there is progress.   

 

At the start of September, we gathered 30 participates selected from Mbarara, Rukungiri, Ntugamo, districts for a one full month internship baking program in their respected areas, the Mbarara participants have been carrying out their practical skills empowerment project at B$B bakery, the Rukungiri participants have been carrying out their trainings from Aunt’s bakery and the Ntugamo have been carrying out their trainings at penpal bakers.

 

The benefits of this project to the target group is that after finishing the trainings at the assigned bakery, the owners of the bakeries employees those who have been hardworking, In Mbarara, three trained are now receiving monthly salaries, Five in Ntugamo and in Rukungiri.

 

MRF innovated partnering with already existing bakeries to train their beneficiaries knowing at the end of the training, a few will be employed. The Rukungiri bakery owner is our own and gay, he is one of our first trainees in 2018.    

Best Regards 

Nov 23, 2020

COVID_19 response in rural Uganda

This project has resulted to steady adherence for those HIV positive, COVID-19 prevention and better health care service delivery since our peer educators have been able to distribute medication such as antiretroviral therapy (ART) on door to door which makes it easy for our beneficiaries to access better health care services, easy distribution of Condom and lubricants for safer sex practice and improved HIV drug adherence.


On the 20th April 2020 our peer leaders led by Peruth Komujini and volunteers led by Tusiime Osbert took on responsibility of distributing and delivering ARVS, Food stuffs like posho flour, G-nuts, Sugar and offering Lifesaving medical supplies like face masks, hand sanitizers, hand washing bars of soap to 78 selected rural LGBTQ HIV positive.


Support hygiene awareness.
Objectives of the COVID hygiene awareness qualities good hygiene promoters, Roles and responsibilities of hygiene promoters, hand washing and sanitizing infighting COVID_19.


We have conducted House hold Visits. The peer leaders moved in pairs to the households, so that they can support each other while delivering HIV medications to our clients and disseminating the hygiene messages to fight and prevent COVID_19. The peer leaders also documented the household’s details such as household head name, status of the hold and the number of the individuals that have received the awareness.


We have offered HIV counseling and delivered door to door HIV medication to 78 HIV+ LGBTQ people that is 42gay men, 24 transgender women, 2 transgender men and 10 Bisexual men MRF has mobilized and offered emergency food relief to over 78 rural HIV
+LGBTQ community across western districts in Uganda.

MRF has offered over 90 LGBTQ with facemasks, hand sanitizers, gloves and hand washing soap.

Success Stories.
For the success stories are that the rural LGBTQ community are improving on their income, employment opportunities.
One story that really touched us during the trainings was from Clif (she allowed us to share her name and story:
“My name is Clif a transgender woman, I am from Kakoba Division but currently living in a shelter because the landlord chased me out of his house due to not paying rent for the last four months.

“My family and I have been not on good terms, they also chased me two years ago
after having found out I was Gay and HIV positive, I cannot go home unless I want
my self-dead. I had acquired cake baking skills with MRF but worked as a waitress
at desert pub found in Mbarara city and I would cook once a day or sometimes I
drink tea and sleep because i wanted to save some money to start my own business,
in January, was able to start a cake baking business, I began selling two cakes a
week and towards march before the lockdown, I had started selling five cakes a
week, when COVID_19 hit us which led the country to a lockdown, i kept my
business money in the bank but after having attended a financial literacy training,
I withdraw all my savings and bought 10 hens, the ten hens have in the shortest
period of time produced and I now have 40 hens which am hoping when the
business booms again, I will sell them and resume my cake baking business.”

Clif received the cake baking and empowerment skills trainings in 2018 but lucked capital to start till when he saved some money, however he states that had it not been the “know your finances training” he attended, he would have used up all his both capital, savings and profits.

(Translated from Lunyankole)

Best Regards. 

 
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