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Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Veneranda in front of her kiln of bricks
Veneranda in front of her kiln of bricks

Veneranda is a 60 year-old grandmother who is raising three grandchildren between the ages of 3 and 10. She does her best to provide for her family but she’s never had enough money to grow her business. She just needed someone to believe in her. That someone was you!

You gave Veneranda the opportunity to grow her bricklaying business! With the loan she received, she was able to build and sell two large kilns of bricks. She was able to repay the loan in full and even started a second business with the remaining profits. Her second business is party decorating, which is something she has always wanted to do but never thought would be possible.

Thanks to you, Veneranda now runs her two businesses of bricklaying and party decorating. She is also able to better care for her three grandchildren. Thank you for changing the lives of grandmothers like Veneranda!

Veneranda organizing her party decorations
Veneranda organizing her party decorations

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Participants of a group gathering
Participants of a group gathering

Thank you for supporting your grandmothers in Uganda!

You have given 7,301 women opportunities and resources that they otherwise wouldn’t have. So far this year, over 100 grandmother homes have been visited by the Nyaka Grandmother Team to check on the well-being of your grandmothers. The team ensures safe living conditions in the home, makes sure the grandmothers have a healthy kitchen vegetable garden, sees that all of the grandchildren in the home are going to school, and offers advice and other support as needed.

Grandmother Groups have also recently gathered to learn more about income generating projects, food security, the importance of education, and health and sanitation improvement. Two of the groups even had the opportunity for exchange visits to learn more about income generating activities. During the visits, the grandmothers were taught how to grow mushrooms. Your grandmothers can now grow mushrooms for their own meals and can also grow enough to sell and make a profit. Your donations make opportunities like this possible. Thank you!

Grandmothers at an exchange visit
Grandmothers at an exchange visit

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Kellen and family in front of their old home
Kellen and family in front of their old home

Meet Kellen. She is a 76-year-old woman raising five grandchildren between the ages of four and eight!

Kellen is an amazing woman and loves her family deeply. She has been an active member of her Nyaka Granny Group for many years and has received agricultural hoes, water harvesting tanks, and attended group trainings. Besides the struggles of raising five young children, Kellen was also challenged with providing a safe and stable home for her family. Her house was old and in very poor condition with a grass-thatched roof, crumbling kitchen, and a leaking pit latrine. It was no place for an elderly woman and five young children to live, so her Granny Group chose her to receive a new home. Construction is almost complete and Kellen couldn’t be happier.

Because of YOUR donation, new homes can be built for grandmothers like Kellen. Thank you for changing the lives of women who have nowhere else to turn!

New house and kitchen are almost complete!
New house and kitchen are almost complete!
New pit latrine is almost complete
New pit latrine is almost complete

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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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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
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East Lansing, MI United States
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