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!