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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
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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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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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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