Microloans for S. Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda

by Hope Ofiriha
Giving small loans to Refugees is helping!
Giving small loans to Refugees is helping!

We are so thankful to our donors Deki (UK), Trolltech Foundation (Norway), and GlobalGiving (USA) for providing HopeOfiriha with microfinance loan capital. Each month with Deki's funds, it gives small loans to 200 refugee clients in Uganda.

In 2016: 200 clients benefited from Trolltech funds. They are still grappling to skip what befell them in a world newest nation. Regrettably, these females lost their commodities looted by the armed forces in South Sudan war. Albeit some returned to Uganda as refugees, literally majority are striving to repay their loans with headaches because they had no assets to trade to service the borrowed capital.

With GlobalGiving money, we continue to grant small loans to South Sudanese women living in areas around Kampala city. Between January and February, the charity gave loans to five women to do income generation activities to support their families with basic needs and pay fees to send their children to school in Uganda.

In the second quarter, we will post a new field update to let you know the impact of your contribution is making to improve the life of refugees who are displaced by war.

Growing instability triggers new displacement
Fighting between armed groups has driven thousands of people from their villages in Eastern, Central, and Western Equatoria states since the start of January. Several thousand had taken refuge in Uganda.

The Relief Agencies are increasingly concerned at recent growing uncertainty around South Sudan and its serious impact on the civilian population.

UNHCR alerted that localized fighting between rebel armed groups and government soldiers and an apparent breakdown in law and order are being reported in and near Yambio, some 300 kilometers west of Juba.

Sporadic gunfire is commonplace, and there has also been an increase in crime involving car-jackings, attacks on government property, looting of civilian homes and sexual assaults,"

The victims of south Sudan madness
The victims of south Sudan madness

Thank you for providing loan capital in the hands of women to feed their families.

It was the bodyguards for rebel leader and presidential guards who fought each other in earlier July sparking days of violence which killed many hundreds of soldiers and civilians. The two forces had battled each other, almost five years to the day South Sudan declared independence from Sudan. Following the orders from the leadership on both sides, the clashes ceased temporarily in late in July. The rebels then moved their based outside Juba in an attempt to save peace which both parties signed.

In August fighting was in the outskirt of Juba in which the oppositions accused the government of attacking their positions. The rebels regrouped and fled to Congo with Riek Machar, their leader. Over the last few months, the citizens have expressed dissent against the government, as a result of this, the rebellion is growing rapidly in Equatoria Region, which kept itself neutral for much of two years’ civil conflict in Upper Nile State. Different tribes are targeting ethnic Dinka. The humanitarian needs are going to be very great after this, Director General for RRC, told reporters. They are going to need food, shelter, water, he said, adding that the need for shelter and clean water was pressing for those living in a Displaced facility within Juba town.

At a time of this reporting:
HO is regretful to inform you that due to the fighting in Juba, the 400 clients you funded their loans capital had their merchandise confiscated at gunpoint at a total value of USD 120,000. HO also lost much cash due to hyperinflation that had pressed South Sudanese Pound against USD and Ugandan Shillings. The loaners are not able to service their loans. These women were hawking between Juba-Kampala to make ends meet for their families. Unknown shooters killed ten entrepreneurs when resisting looting and vandalism, between Nimule-Juba highway. Twenty women raped, and six are in a critical situation as a result of abused. Two of HO officials were also arrested illegally and beaten. Fortunately, the Authority released the two staff without explanation, after 60 days in detention.

With loan capital from Deki, our microfinance lead partner (UK), HO is funding 150 clients monthly. HO is only granting loans to refugees living in Uganda from South Sudan until further notice. 

With current and, previous cash donations through GlobalGiving HO is recycling your money into new investment capital and gave credit to four refugee families to do income generating activity to make ends meet for their families and educate their children.

In the next quarter, we will send you a new field update report to let you know the impact of your contribution.

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Newly South Sudanese Refugees Crossing to Uganda
Newly South Sudanese Refugees Crossing to Uganda

An unknown number of South Sudanese civilians have fled from the recent clashes in Juba on July 8th, 2016 to neighbouring Uganda. Read more

Hope Ofiriha will meet Refugees who travel to Uganda for asylum with microloan opportunities upon their arrival. Uganda does not strictly place newly arrived asylum seekers into refugee camps run by UN and foreign organizations. It encourages foreigners to operate a small initiative to make ends meet for their families and pay fees to educate their children. Under this moderate policy, Hope Ofiriha needs your help to provide microloans to 1000 newly arrived refugees in northern Uganda.  

We are pleased for supporting Microloan Initiative in Uganda for years.

By the time of this second reporting:
Trolltech Foundation provided $50,000 a loan money to give small loans to 200 women. Regrettably, the loaners have lost their business assets in a current fight in Juba. We will post a new report on this when peace returns.

With monthly loan capital from Deki.org.uk, we are giving small loans to 100 clients. We are happy because the project is doing well.

Your cash -  you donated through GG and direct contributions eight newly arrived refugees received micro-loans to do business so that they can provide their families with basic needs and keep children at school.

In a next quarter, we will send you a new field update report to let you know the impact of your contribution

Small loan is helping me out of poverty!!
Small loan is helping me out of poverty!!

Thanks for your support of a microloan project for South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda.

By the time of this report:
With a microfinance loan capital from Trolltech, HO will distribute small loans to 200 refugee women who are living in and around Banda, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. In March alone HO gives loans to 50 clients with a loan capital from Deki Microfinance (UK).

With your current contributions through GlobalGiving, repayments from a field, and funds from different sources you gave small loans to 77 clients entrepreneurs in central and northern Uganda.

In a next quarter, we will send you a new field update report to let you know the impact of your contribution

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Small loans are providing an economic lifeline
Small loans are providing an economic lifeline

Thanks for your continued support of microloan project for South Sudanese in Uganda.

 By the time of this report:
With microfinance loan capital from Deki Microfinance Ltd, HOPE OFIRIHA granted small loans to 47 clients in December. With new contributions from GlobalGiving donors, and repayments collected are recycled into new loans and disbursed to 12 active clients.

In total in 2015, you gave small loans to 1015 entrepreneurs. The majority of them are in South Sudan and few clients in Uganda.

In a next quarter, we will send you a new field update report to let you know the impact of your contribution.

During the coming Christmas, our hearts go to South Sudanese women who has no opportunity to run a business to support their families with basic needs due to poverty.

Please consider giving a one-time tax-deductible donation of $250 to enable one South Sudanese woman to start a business to provide her family with essential necessities and pay school fees to educate her children.

Small loans are providing an economic lifeline for unbanked South Sudanese Refugees stranded in the outskirt of Kampala city.

An entrepreneur and her husband, who started their business by borrowing much smaller amount, are now trusted by Hope Ofiriha Sacco Ltd with a loan of UGX 1,500,000-.

Microcredit, the offering of small loans (as little as $10) to inspire entrepreneurship among those who lack collateral or a steady income as a way out of poverty, started with Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in the 1970s.

 

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Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​www.ofiriha.org
Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway
$19,101 raised of $26,000 goal
 
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