Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Jovia in her shop
Jovia in her shop

Jovia has experienced unimaginable loss in her life. She and her husband had seven children, all of whom died when they were very young. Her husband soon followed the children. Jovia found herself childless, widowed, and with virtually nothing. Even though she had few material possessions, Jovia realized that she still had a lot of love left in her heart. She decided to share this love by opening her home to orphaned children. Over the years, Jovia has raised six children, none of whom were related to her. While life hasn’t always been easy for her and her grandchildren, your support has given Jovia the resources she needs to survive and raise her newfound family. 

Although Jovia doesn’t have a formal education, she is a very smart and savvy woman. She learned as much as possible about business from her late husband, but she lacked the resources needed to provide her own income when he passed away. Fortunately, she joined a Nyaka Granny Group, and through Nyaka’s microfinance program she was able to borrow money to open her own retail shop. The shop started small, but Jovia has been able to grow and expand it over the years.

Today, Jovia is 75 years old and the proud owner of a successful shop in her village. Because of your support, she sells items such as salt, soaps, beans, maize flour, millet, cooking oil, matches, sugar, sandals, onions, soft drinks and sugar cane, generating enough income to allow her to provide a good life for her family. Jovia is just one of the many grandmothers who you have supported through Nyaka. These women are strong, capable, and improving their lives, thanks to you. These women are the pillars of their communities and Jovia is but one of the many special women whose life YOU have turned around. Thank you!

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Jolly with her goats
Jolly with her goats

Jolly is an amazing woman! At the age of 70, Jolly is raising four grandchildren, Hillary 16 years, Benson 14 years, Amos 14 years and Samuel 12 years. She took the children in when their father, Jolly’s son, died. It’s been hard raising four kids without an income and very few resources. Luckily for Jolly, she has YOU in her life! Your support has helped Jolly provide for her family.

Jolly always dreamed about starting a goat rearing business at her home, but she never had the money to make it happen. Jolly received a microfinance loan from the Nyaka Grandmother Group that she belongs to and was finally able to buy her first goat. She also used the loan to buy supplies to build a simple shelter for it. The goat has even produced two kids which Jolly said, “has made my dream very fulfilled and I’m a very happy grandmother.” She’s also happy that the goat manure can be used as fertilizer to improve the garden at her home, a garden that her and her grandchildren rely on for food.

YOUR love and support has made it possible for Jolly to live her dream of goat rearing and being able to provide for her four grandchildren. Thank you!

On November 28th #GivingTuesday, don’t forget to make a donation to help provide microfinance loans for more grandmothers just like Jolly.

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Evas and her granddaughter drying coffee beans
Evas and her granddaughter drying coffee beans

Evas is quite the entrepreneur in the small village she’s from. She runs two businesses while raising her three grandchildren Mariacoleta 8 years old, Editah 8 years old, and David 7 years old.  Evas didn’t always have the means needed to raise her grandchildren and thought that she would never be able to give her family a good life, then YOU came to her rescue. Your support makes microfinance loans possible for grandmothers like Evas who have taken up child rearing again later in life.

The Nyaka Grandmother Group that Evas is part of gave her a loan to start her own coffee business. She borrowed funds to purchase coffee beans, dry them, and then sell them. Coffee sales were low due to the drought and the reduced amount of beans, but she was still able to make a profit. Evas was able to pay the school fees for her grandchildren, provide them with shelter, give them medical care and buy scholastic materials that are essential for their education. She was also able to repay her loan and save enough money to start a second business rearing goats.

Evas has always been interested in goat rearing but was never able to save enough money to buy a goat of her own. Her father use to sell goats so she knows how to take care of them and how to sell one for a profit. The goat she purchased even had two kids! Evas feels lucky to have made enough profit to purchase the goat and now have two kids as well.  She is raising the goats and plans to sell them when they are mature enough. Evas says that her lifestyle has changed for the better because of the microfinance loan she received and that YOU are the reason why she smiles now!

Thank you for supporting your grandmothers in Uganda. YOU change lives with your support!

Evas with the goats she is rearing
Evas with the goats she is rearing

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Exchange visit on how to dry sweet bananas
Exchange visit on how to dry sweet bananas

Great news!  Thanks to your generous support, even more grandmothers are being empowered to break the cycle of poverty.  The Grandmother Program is now able to support 7,301 grandmothers in 98 groups.  That’s 300 more women, in 6 more groups!  This is the largest number of grandmothers to ever be part of the program, thank YOU for making this possible.

The grandmother team has been busy visiting all of the grandmothers.  They have made 91 individual home visits so far this year.  The purpose of the home visits are to see the living conditions of the grandmothers; income generating activities; check if the grandmothers have kitchen vegetable gardens; make sure children are in school; to offer advice and support as needed.  In the homes visited, the grandmothers were engaged in many small income generating activities such as piggery, goat rearing, poultry, handcraft making, and small businesses like selling porridge, bananas, coffee and rice.  The grandmothers also had good kitchen vegetable gardens and all the grandchildren are attending school. However, most of the grandmothers still live in poor conditions with very poor housing structures, kitchens, and pit latrines.

There have been 45 group meetings visited by the grandmother team.  During the group meetings, the team informed grandmothers about income generating projects, food security, the importance of education, and health and sanitation improvement.  There were also two group exchange visits for grandmothers to learn from each other.  One group was trained on how to make beads and woven money purses. The other group was trained on how to dry sweet bananas into crisps.  The grandmothers were eager to learn new practices and can’t wait to use them.  They were very happy for the exchange program and hope there are more in the future.

Thank you for helping to expand the Grandmother Program.  YOU are changing the lives of so many wonderful women!

Exchange visit on how to make beads and weave
Exchange visit on how to make beads and weave
Grandmother group meeting
Grandmother group meeting

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Angelica at home, proud of her sprouting beans
Angelica at home, proud of her sprouting beans

Angelica is 60 years old and raising three grandchildren in the village of Kyamagote in the Kanungu District of Uganda.  Her grandchildren, Turinawe, Asiimwe, and Brian, have lost both of their parents.  Their mother passed away first and the children moved in with their grandmother after the death of their father, who was Angelica‘s son.  She had already raised seven of her own children and thought that at this point in her life she was done child rearing.  Angelica has been able to support herself and her grandchildren thanks to Nyaka’s Microfinance Program.

Angelica has been the chairperson for her Grannie Group for the last eight years and is grateful to the Grandmother Program for the revolving fund where she borrowed 200,000 UGX ($61 USD).  She used the money to buy bean seeds.  The seeds were planted and have increased the food security in her home.  With the continuous planting cycle of these beans, her and her grandchildren will never have to experience hunger.  There will always be enough food to feed her family.  In fact, Angelica expects to have a surplus of beans and hopes to sell about 120kg of them.  This will provide Angelica with a small income so she can buy other things needed in the home.

Thank YOU for making the Microfinance Program possible for grandmothers!  These loans provide them dignity and means to support themselves and their grandchildren.

A Granny Group distributing loans
A Granny Group distributing loans

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Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twesigye Kaguri
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