Microloans for S. Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda

by Hope Ofiriha
With your help we are moving out poverty!
With your help we are moving out poverty!

With your help we are pushing poverty!

Thanks for your recent donation gift to Microloan for South Sudanese Refugee women project in Uganda. Our board of trustees appreciates your commitment to help the poor get out of poverty and those who will benefit most – of course the children!.

What next? We are recycling repaid loans and your donation to borrow five new clients, so they start tiny business for income generation to pay school fees and provide basic needs for their family, and to help themselves. Previous clients are making good progress out of poverty.

They are eager to see this project progress, and to keep going they need your help to sustain this good cause.

A new field report will be posted after three months where you get to know what impact your contributed has created, and the improvement it has given in the lives of beneficiaries.

Micro-loan gives us confidence and future promise!
Micro-loan gives us confidence and future promise!

Thanks for your recent generous donation to Microloan for South Sudanese Refugee women in Uganda project. Your committed to helping the needy to get out of poverty is tremendously appreciated by our trustees and those who will benefit most – the children!

Fifteen (15) borrowers repaid their loans they took in December 2012, and the remaining beneficiaries will pay the ultimate instalments by June end. This is a significant news from our beneficiaries in the outskirts of Kampala.

What next? Your donation and repaid loans will be recycled so is borrowed to 20 new beneficiaries. These women are in training in business skills for two weeks,  and after the loan will beddisbursed for them to  develop  their enterprises for generating income.

The beneficiaries are eager to see this project progressing, and they need your help so they can push their opponent - poverty!

A new field update will be posted again after three months to let you know the impact of your contributions, and what changes it has made in people's living conditions.


Women in Hope Ofiriha
Women in Hope Ofiriha's microloan group

“Now I am a human,” said Beatrice, when I asked her about her life now compared to before she received her first loan of Sh150,000 (about $55) from Hope Ofriha in 2008.  Beatrice is a refugee from South Sudan who escaped during the country’s civil war in 1997 – first to Kenya, then eventually settling in Kampala, Uganda.  At first she sold vegetables in the local market, making very little money.  She couldn’t afford to pay rent or to cover the school fees for her three children – two girls, and one little boy.

She soon heard about Hope Ofiriha, an organization that provides support for refugees from South Sudan.  In 2008 she received her first microloan from the organization.  With this loan she was able to take a sewing course, where she learned to make pillows and tablecloths with beautiful, intricate designs.  She was able to buy cloth and thread, and began her own business, selling these crafts in the market.  Since that time, she’s moved into a two-room house, she’s been able to send all three of her children to boarding school, and she’s even saved enough to buy a brand new sewing machine.

Beatrice has gained so much from the support she received from Hope Ofiriha that two years later she was elected the chairperson of the whole microlending organization.  She explained to us how the women organize into groups of ten women – each receiving a loan and paying back the amount they’ve received with 10% interest, which is then leant to another woman.  The loans vary in size, but generally are about $50-$90 each, depending on what type of business the individual woman wants to start or grow.

When the war ended about a year ago, many of the refugees returned to South Sudan, but over 100 of the women supported through Hope Ofriha stayed in Kampala.  They said they would like to stay if possible – the schools are better in Uganda, and they’d like to give their children a chance at a better future.  Hope Ofriha (and you as a donor!) has helped them begin to make that future a reality.

Beatrice showing off some of her products!
Beatrice showing off some of her products!
Anna Alak; thanks for helping me!
Anna Alak; thanks for helping me!

We wish you a happy new year 2013!

Thanks for your recent generous gift to Microloan for South Sudanese Refugee women in Uganda project. Your committed to help the needy to get out of poverty is really appreciated by our trustees and those who will benefit most – the children!

The micro-credit is a good tool for poverty alleviation among the poor. In Uganda, for instance, women have access to small loan from MFI to operate tiny business for recurring income generation. These women are aware they cannot eradicate poverty, but made a good progress in a fight against it. A woman said, micro-loan started in Bangladesh, but the scheme is also benefiting Uganda. The poor, especially women feel some sense of economic security and independence because the scheme has enabled them to participate in the economic development in the equal footing with men in the country. 

Former South Sudanese Refugee women – still in Uganda have no access to tiny loan from MFI, but since the start of this initiative – they made good impact to alleviate their sufferings, improve their standard of livings, re-pay their loans, and fund children’s school fees. Through exchange visits to most successful entrepreneur Ugandan women – the South Sudanese women have benefited a lot. During their visits, they held business discussions with their counter-parts; they now know how to determine viable business areas, and how to set profits on capital invested – really good!

In 2012 – 343 clients returned to South Sudan after having re-paid their loans, and in October 100 new women were granted micro-loans to start the tiny business for income generation to support themselves and their families. Our accounts are under auditing, so we are not able at this stage to declare the total of our clients. We will declare this after the accounts are verified and release to Hope Ofiriha by Hillary Public Certified accountant soon.

The beneficiaries are eager to see this project progressing. They need your help so they can operate tiny business for income generation.

While our communities had just started to adjust from the shocks and devastation of prolonged civil war, they were yet met by airstrikes and ground assaults launched against South Sudan in the bordering states by Sudan armed forces and militant allies. This brought more unnecessary displacement, vulnerability, anguish and human suffering.

Life in the South Sudan – Sudan bordering states became unbearable as cost of living steadily skyrocketed. While two nations have signed a deal to promote peaceful coexistence, the impact of recent conflict include Abyei has caused humanitarian needs to the affected people.

We therefore, request our partners to continue their support to Hope Ofiriha and more importantly to the needy and vulnerable groups in the communities. We look forward to working with all of you in 2013.

May I take this opportunity to wish our donors and partners a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year 2013!


October 17th; Bonus Day
October 17th; Bonus Day

Give More, Get More: GlobalGiving is Matching Donations to Hope Ofiriha from October 17th 2012. Are you looking for a way to support Hope Ofiriha get more bangs for your bucks? On October 17th, GlobalGiving will be matching donations 30% up to $1,000 per donor, per project. There is $50,000 available in matching funds. Matching will begin at 12:01 am EDT and last until funds run out or until 11:59 pm EDT. Once funds have been depleted, no more donations will be matched.

Let’s dedicate this Bonus Day to “South Sudanese deportee children”. Wrap your school supplies to ensure a child get back to school in 2013.

In addition, GlobalGiving is offering two levels of bonuses; the organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving; and the organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.

This will be the last bonus day of the year, so consider making your gifts on October 17. During the previous campaign, the matching pool was exhausted within a matter of hours so please make your gifts early! Please GIVE HERE!

We urge you to help us spread the Give More, Get More campaign. Promote our cause on your social media outlets such as – Facebook, and Twitter. These are great places to share our project.



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Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​www.ofiriha.org
Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway
$18,574 raised of $26,000 goal
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