Empower 300 HIVpositive women with goats in Uganda

by Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization
Evas with her family
Evas with her family

Evas  Kyomukama and her family  were supported with 4 goats in July 2012 after being identified by our Community Based Trainer that Evas was living a miserable life with a family of five children after the death of her beloved husband who passed away in 2010 of HIV/AIDS.

She is a widow and was living a miserable life with a small portion of land, and her children were not going to school, due to lack of scholastic materials, food and more to that she is on ARVS with her two small children.

Currently she said,” I praise the almighty God that I was lucky among the many people.  Thanks goes to RACOBAO and their fund raisers from Global giving who always extend support to we poor ladies who did not believe that one time we would be happy. Life had become difficult to me due to lack of food and i had lost energy due to over working. I would offer labour in peoples gardens and get food for my family to eat which was done on a daily basis, and at the end of the day I would even fail to take my ARVS because  we were taking a single meal per day which continued to weaken my life to work for my family but now my goats have manipulated and am able to sell some of them to buy some of the household necessities  that can sustain the home,  I have been able to buy scholastic materials for my children and they are now in school, we are now able to get some food and as well as taking  my  tablets in time with the children because we have some food  to eat.” Thanks to RACOBAO and GlobalGiving too.

Really people do appreciate the work global giving is doing for them.

The goats that manipulated
The goats that manipulated
Ainembabazi with her goats
Ainembabazi with her goats


Ainembabazi Harriet of kawungu village, Wabusana in Kinuuka Sub – county lives with her four children, 3 boys and one girl all still in Primary section. Harriet received 2 goats this year in July 2012 after RACOBAO constructed her, a house, a pit latrine, Kitchen and beddings.  After releasing the situation she was in after the death of his dear husband, Harriet looked so miserable that at one time she even dropped the children in the house but due to the hard work of the local leaders she was brought back to look after her children but in worrying situation.

 Harriet is so much excited after her two goats manipulating into others that she can now sustain her needs and even taking care of her children. She thanks a lot RACOBAO that rescued her from the hut she was living in that was almost falling and the goats she was given that can even help her to buy food and continue with her tablets which she had dropped.

RACOBAO sincerely thanks the Global giving fundraisers’ for the work they are doing for the women living with HIV.

Ainembabazi with her goats
Ainembabazi with her goats
Margaret's with her goats

Margaret’s family did not have any source of income to sustain life with the basic needs. Therefore Margaret looked miserable with the maize flour she had received because she wanted money to buy other basic needs.  With funding from GlobalGiving RACOBAO decided to also support the same family with three goats to help her improve on her income.  She said, “I was living in a difficult life condition in my grass thatched house of mad and wattle with a small plot of land ¼ an acre and with no any animal to sustain my family income to be able to meet the basic needs like   food, clothing, home utensils, scholastic materials and paying school fees for my children. My life has changed and I thank God that RACOBAO gave me these goats, they are easily manageable and have quick returns, and very soon I will sell off the siblings and get money to buy basic needs  for my children ”.   

As RACOBAO we are very grateful to Global Giving for enhancing our capacity to reach such people.

Martha and the two grandsons with their goats
Martha and the two grandsons with their goats

Martha aged 96 years lives with two orphans: Julius (13years) and John (12yrs) who lost both parents to HIV/AIDS in 2008. Martha much as is in her late nineties and her grandsons is happy of their fat and rapid multiplying goats which have helped them to meet most of their basic needs by selling off springs.

 “I received two goats in 2011 from RACOBAO which were under gestation and immediately after 3 months they produced 3 offspring’s. I sold two off springs and I was able pay school fees, buy scholastic materials, clothes, paraffin and soap for my grandsons. But before this support of goats RACOBAO had constructed a house, Kitchen, pit latrine and a water tank and given me  other sufficient kits like beds, blankets but still we lacked income to sustain our family fortunately  after getting these goats, I can now live a happy life because I can see my grand children going to school now in uniforms  with books and pencils” Martha said.

Thanks to GlobalGiving for enabling RACOBAO to make such families self-sustaining.


Aisha 56years has lived with AIDS since 2009. She lost her husband in 2006. She lives with a granddaughter aged 13years who lost both parents to AIDS.

 In 2010 she became bed ridden. Due to lack of support she sold most her property in order to sustain her life. She virtually remained with nothing except a small house where they lived.

In 2011, Aisha received two goats from RACOBAO under GlobalGiving Support. The goats have enhanced her sense of property ownership. The goats are her biggest asset now. The goats have now multiplied. Aisha recently said “we will be able to meet our household needs like buying food, paraffin, and food with the proceeds from the goats. I will be able to send my grandchild to school with the goats”.

Aisha now is living happily although on ARVs. She has hope in case of any problem, goats can her immediate rescue. She greatly thanks RACOBAO and Global Giving who have given her a chance to enjoy life like other families.


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Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

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

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