Peace With Her Sewing Machine
Peace is the 57-year-old biological grandmother of two, Sheilah (ten) and Violah (seven). Peace’s daughter and her husband separated after Sheilah and Violah were born. Peace was left to care for her grandchildren after the unfortunate passing of Peace’s daughter. Peace was able to use her tailoring skills to make additional income by borrowing 500,000 shillings ($141.71) in revolving funds from her granny group. With the microloan and money from selling some of her piglets she was able to acquire a sewing machine.
Peace is well known in her community for her expertise in tailoring. Schools from nearby go to her to make uniforms. She is always able to service her loans on time with the profits from tailoring clothes. Peace continues to raise pigs which enables her to see her grandchildren through school. Peace says, “My eldest grandchild dreams of becoming a doctor and the youngest dreams of becoming a teacher and I am optimistic that with the Nyaka Microfinance Program in place, their dreams will be fulfilled.”
On Monday, January 10th, 2022 Nyaka welcomed children back to school! In order to keep our community safe, teachers and support staff have been vaccinated. Daily, staff members are doing all they can to follow the strict Ugandan Ministry of Health’s (MoH) operating guidelines including cleaning, maintenance, the provision of hand washing stations, masks for all students, plans for COVID-19 safe classrooms, etc. Medical personnel from the local Kambuga hospital, have visited Nyaka to address staff and students at the Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) to provide additional guidance on how to stay safe.
Students are being tested regularly. Any student who tests positive is treated and quarantined to protect themselves and the rest of the community. We are grateful that at this time all infected students are recovering quickly. Students who are of age are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Nyaka has a new coffee table book 'For Our Children’s Sake' available now. To learn more about how to get your copy click HERE!