Empower 300 HIVpositive women with goats in Uganda

by Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization
Matilda with her Children
Matilda with her Children

A young, beautiful and healthy woman infected with HIV smiles as she tells her story about how she went from a state of always feeling weak and sick to what she is today. Her sad story changed to joy when she received goats with the project of empowering HIV positive women supported by RACOBAO together with global giving fundraisers.

Matilda lost hope after the death of his beloved husband that left them with nothing in order to earn a living. She narrates the difficulties she passes through while taking care of her children and persisting on the treatment that is effective. If the tablets are taken consistently at the same time every day without any earning and feeding the children too. If the treatment is not adhered to, the virus is given a chance to develop resistance to the drugs. This means that the drugs will become ineffective and the virus will start spreading in the body again all in all losing life and living the young ones desperate.

Matilda was given 4 goats early January 2014 and the two goats gave siblings whereby she managed to sell the old ones inorder to buy food and also contribute to the scholastic materials to maintain her children in school. The family’s situation is fairly good compared when we had our visit.

In general Matilda faces a number of challenges to realize a decent living condition and a bright future and she very grateful with the support she acquired from globalgiving fundraisers.

Kyamlipa with her children and the three goats
Kyamlipa with her children and the three goats

Kyalimpa 41 years a PLHIV sends her sincere thanks to all global giving funders for the help they received from them with her 5 children. Juliet had problems with her husband after both tested in 2012 and found both were HIV positive. The husband habits changed from that time as she narrates, Juliet’s husband decided to distract everything they owned with a belief that he would die in a short time, he refused to go back to health clinics and rejected counseling he was given instead to behave the way he wanted. The small they owned was distracted to buy basic needs, look after their health and also the husband sold a small piece of land they owned because he knew that soon he was dying.

The husband did not stop on that act he developed a negative attitude towards community to infect women and girls with HIV as a revenge by raping them. He was caught in act, seriously beaten by community members including her wife later he was taken to police now is a prisoner in high prison where Kyalimpa doesn’t know.

But with the help from GlobalGiving Kyalimpa’s life was revealed. Kyalimpa was given 3 goats, the 4 goats multiplied into siblings that later she was able to sell off some goats and met her family needs like buying food, meeting her medical bills and sustaining on ARVs and also opened up a small business selling tomatoes and bananas to improve her life.

Kyalimpa says, she is happy with the support from RACOBAO together with global giving fundraisers for being identified for this help.

Justine is a female widow . Her husband died in 2010 of HIV/AIDS. She received support from RACOBAO in 2013 through Global giving in empowering women with goats. In July 2012, She received two goats and she was among the families that received goats under Global Giving.

Justine was so happy and said  "my children are going back to school  for the first time having paid their schoolfees before the opening of the term".

What she has achieved?

She previously sold 2 goats to get money to pay her children’s school fees, meet her medical bills, food and she has also invested some money in a small business of selling eggplants and tomatoes. Justine is so pleased with the work Global Giving fundraisers are doing much in empowering the affected households with HIV/AIDS. thanks to Globalgiving for enhancing RACOBAO's capacity to reach such people.

Evas and her family
Evas and her family

Evas greatly thanks all the global giving fundraisers who are keeping their life in existence.

Evas kyomukama, a beneficiary of the Empower 300 HIV positive women with goats in Uganda has sold off 2 goats and used the money to construct a toilet for her family. Evas has extremely succeeded in managing goats. Evas skills in managing goats has enabled her herd of goats to grow up to 13 goats. She has a family where there are two children on Anti Retroviral treatment (ARVS) and therefore, her expenses on health care are always high with limited sources on income.  In her words again,” Am happy that I have a toilet for my family. This has reduced on the ill health of my family members which used to affect my children s health due to poor hygiene caused by lack of a toilet.”

We greatly honour global giving and its back donors for supporting RACOBAO reach this far. Thank you very very much.   


Evas toilet under construction
Evas toilet under construction
Prossy with her two goats
Prossy with her two goats

Nakintu Prossy

Prossy is a 44 years old woman who takes care of her four children. Prossy lost her spouse of HIV/AIDS in 2006 and left her with a breast feeding child who is now seven years. Rukyamuzi Posion is the oldest of the siblings and is now 15 years old. She is able to help her mother with the household activities because the lady is often sick due to dehydration and malnourishment and moreover on ARVs without enough food. The other children are 13, 9 and the youngest is 7 years old now. All the children do not go to school but they try to work for what to eat through digging on different plantations of the people on the village in order to keep their mother’s live and them too. 

RACOBAO identified this family with the help of our community Based Trainee when their living arrangements were really bad. They could only sustain on one meal a day whereas the mother is bed ridden and she only encourages herself to walk. They were given two goats which we think will manipulate as soon as possible in order to sustain their necessities like food, the distance the mother takes to collect her ARVs at least she be able to board a vehicle other than footing which weakens her life more.

RACOBA extends its gratitude thanks to all GlobalGiving fundraisers for the work they are doing to rescue the lives of these needy people.


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Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

Location: Lyantonde, NA - Uganda
Project Leader:
Stephen Ssenkima
Lyantonde, Uganda

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