A women's savings and credit co-operative
Life after captivity - Nabulungi’s story
Nabulungi is from Madi Kiloc, a small village in northern Uganda. On 3rd July 1998 she was abducted by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) and spent six years in captivity. During this time, as well as taking part in battles with local tribes, she was forced to become the wife of a commander with whom she had two children. Having escaped and been rehabilitated, she was referred to International Childcare Trust's partner, KICWA, for reunification. Nabulungi is one of hundreds of vulnerable women and children who have been supported by Education & Training for Communities in Uganda.
“After reunification in the community life went from good to worse with constant insults and humiliation on me and my children. I was discriminated from community services such as from water points and the market; I was called by humiliating names that always made me furious and aggressive. There was no stable income which I could depend on to meet my children’s basic needs; I always did casual work in people’s gardens in order get some food and money. The fate of my life improved when KICWA, in their follow up visit, identified the problems and came in for my rescue; through dialogue they sensitized my neighbours and friends; they supported my family by organising a cleansing ceremony.
“In 2008 KICWA identified me to benefit from livelihoods support so that I become liberated from a lack of income; I opened up a restaurant which gives me Shs20,000 (£5) every day; from the savings I managed to buy iron sheets and plan to build a shelter for my mother and my children; and I was also able to buy some livestock and birds which I will sell in the future for much higher prices. With all these resources I am now able to stand on my own to meet the demands of my children and am able to buy food for my family. I dream of seeing my children reach their highest level of education and want to build my own restaurant to minimize the cost of renting.”