Rose is a 68-years-old grandmother who lives in a small town called Kihihi where she cares for three grandchildren. Rose has been a Nyaka grandmother for 10 years. During her time as a Nyaka grandmother, she’s been very active in her Nyaka Granny Group. Rose has been able to borrow micro-funds from her granny group multiple times because she repays them with money made from her grocery business she runs in the Kihihi market.
Since the start of COVID-19, mandatory countrywide lockdown measures have been put in place to keep Ugandan citizens safe including a temporary restriction of boda use. After lockdown measures were put in place, Rose was faced with a tough decision. Rose uses the money she receives from the market to care for her grandchildren. Without the use of bodas to transport herself and produce, she was afraid she would not be able to return to the market to continue making money to care for her family. Due to her daily interaction with customers, Rose was also afraid she could carry COVID-19 back home. So, Rose made a brave decision to sleep at the market. Rose slept under her grocery stand for SIX WEEKS, leaving her three grandchildren with her son who recently graduated from college. Last week, Rose was able to go home to her grandchildren. Rose’s dedication to her family is a great example of the strength within our Grandmother Groups and the love they have for their families.
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