Empower 300 HIVpositive women with goats in Uganda

by Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

Namirembe Immaculate  is a widow living with two children. Her husband died  of HIV/AIDS in 2005 and left her helpless with two children to fend for, yet she was also sickly. After the death of her  husband, Immaculate faced so many challenges, because she had no source of livelihood; She could not  meet her medical bills neither could she pay school fees and scholastic materials for her two children. However, RACOBAO volunteers kept in contact with her while giving her psycho-social support. When  RACOBAO received funds for the livestock project under the  GlobalGiving  fund Immaculate was selected by the volunteers to benefit under the project. She received 04 goats  which  have so far multiplied to 08 goats. However ,she has so far sold 03 goats to meet her medical bills also pay school fees and buy scholastic materials for her 02 children.

She is very grateful for GlobalGiving for the funds and bringing her hope without a husband.

Jackline with her goats
Jackline with her goats

Jackline Namande 35yrs has a family of 4 children between ages of 5-14 years. They live in Kyanika village, Lwamaggwa sub county in Rakai district where people have been worst affected by the HIV&AIDS pandemic.

With funding from GlobalGiving, RACOBAO supported this family with 4 goats of which 2 of them were under gestation and have now given birth to one kid each. She currently owns 6 goats. She has a lot of hope from her goat project.

” Am now sure that whenever my children will be sent home for scholastic materials, I will sell off the kids and cater for such basics. I will also be able to meet my medical bills” Jackline said.

We appreciate GlobalGiving for enhancing RACAOBAO’s capacity to reach such people. We plan to continue empowering these families to their fullest potential.

Harriet Nakaweesi holding her goats
Harriet Nakaweesi holding her goats

Harriet 36 years, a resident of Kikumbano Village, Kibuuka parish, Lwamagwa Sub County, Rakai District. Heads a household of 4 children, the eldest is 13 years and the youngest is 6 years. Three are studying in Primary School.

Her husband died of HIV and AIDS in 2004 when children were still very young and Harriet was expecting. “My husband left me with a small piece of land and a small grass thatched hut/house in which we stayed until 2010 when RACOBAO counselor Mr. Eric Kyarisima came to our rescue”.

When Eric identified this family they were in sole state with nothing to eat, Harriet was very weak and could not manage to cultivate her own food. The small banana plantation was in a very poor condition due to lack of care. This is the time when counselor Eric referred Harriet to undertake an HIV/AIDS test at Rakai hospital and after the test it was found out that Harriet was HIV positive and was enrolled on ART immediately given her poor health condition.  Harriet’s source of income was from selling labour for food and other domestic needs.

Harriet says: “When I regained some energy I started cultivating some little food on the small piece of land which could not produce enough food for the family. The little food that we had cultivated could be stolen by thieves at night making the problem bigger for me to handle”.

RACOBAO, through counselor Eric gave Harriet three goats to boost her income with support from Global giving in March 2011. She is taking care of the goats such that she can sell off the off springs to cater for the domestic requirements, medical bills, and supplement to food.

“I am grateful to RACOBAO and Global Giving for the support rendered to me which is going to change my whole family life. Iam envisaging a situation where I can cater for my all needs without going to neighbors to sell labor instead work in my own plantation. My children are very happy I am now respected in my village since I also have an asset now”. Thank you Global Giving.

Shadia is a 28 year old widow living with HIV and AIDS. Her predicament began when she lost her husband to HIV and AIDS in 2006. She has 2 children; Grace 6 years and Catherine 4 years. They are both in primary school. Shadia works so hard to maintain her family since the husband left them in a very vulnerable state and the house in which they stay does not offer any comfort as it is very weak and leaks when it rains. Shadia is optimistic due to the counselling she has received from Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization (RACOBAO). She always endeavours to make ends meet by digging in the nearby gardens in exchange for cash. This is however inadequate given the numerous responsibilities, which range from scholastic materials, clothing and food. Through funds raised from Global Giving, RACOBAO has supported this family with 3 goats. The goats were treated and the family was trained on how to look after them. Shadia was all smiles as she narrated; "One of my priorities is going to be these goats, I will look after them very well, they will reproduce and I will sell off some of the offsprings when in need of financial support. My burden has been relieved and I will sure see my children through school. Thank you Global giving for rekindling our lost hope."

Harriet with her son
Harriet with her son

Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization (RACOBAO) through the Global Giving website received a donation of $250 in July 2010 and purchased 8 goats to benefit 4 HIV positive widows in Lyantonde District Uganda. These widows, who have been economically affected, received 2 goats each. The intention is to boost their incomes since the goats multiply fast are easy to manage and are on high demand by buyers. The goat project in these families will contribute to improved livelihoods and food security at household level through utilization of the returns from the sale of off springs. The goat distribution will also contribute to increased enrollment, attendance and performance among school going age group within the families because the income from sales will in addition be utilized to provide the scholastic materials.

The total funding goal of the Project; “Empower 300 HIV positive women with goats in Uganda” is $20,000. RACOBAO will buy more goats to benefit the remaining 292 widows as the donations come in.

Below is Harriet Kabbundu’s story one of the beneficiaries of the goats

Kabbundu Harriet 47, an HIV positive widow had almost lost all hope when her husband died in 2007. On top of having inadequate food, medicine and household basics, Harriet has 4 children to take care of: one son and 3 daughters.

Harriet received 2 she goats to enable boost her family’s income from RACOBAO through Global giving. This has provided this family with reason to endure. “As these goats multiply, my children can now enjoy a better life and attend school. I am entirely grateful to Global giving for rekindling our lost hope “a joyous Harriet says


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Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

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

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